Good hydration tips for your bodyGreat tips on proper hydration to increase your fitness level.

Three functions of water

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Fluid in your body has at least three important functions:

  • Fluid in blood transports glucose to working muscles and carries away metabolic by-products.
  • Fluid in urine eliminates metabolic waste products.
  • Fluid in sweat dissipates heat through the skin. 

Importance of drinking water 

The body is made up with 75 percent water including bones, muscles and skin. Not only is it important for working out, it’s essential for proper blood flow and the overall functioning of the body. Drinking 8 glasses of water per day is typically the minimum your body needs. If you are active, you should consume several more glasses per day. It is important to stay hydrated before your body alerts you that you are thirsty. Thirst indicates that you may already be dehydrated which is not good for exercising. Dehydration also causes craps and can increase your blood pressure and heart rate. 

When you go to the gym, always take your own water. You may not want to drink out of the water fountain in the corner of the gym. Carrying a water bottle also gives you a gauge of how much you’ve consumed while working out. Water bottles are cheap and can be filled with regular water or your favorite sports drink. It is important to keep your water bottle clean by pouring out old water and washing the container.