Worth your Weight in Water
Next to sleep, adequate water intake is, in our opinion, one of the most overlooked health and wellness essentials. There is so much focus on macros, reps, circuit training, intermittent fasting, etc. that everyone jumps right past this fundamental piece of your health and fitness: drinking water. Lots of it. And consistently.
Drinking Water for Better Health
You’ve likely heard that the moment you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. And we aren’t here to argue that. What we are here to do is tell you why you should care. Lack of water can result in the following:
Lack of Focus
Yikes. Good luck at reaching your goals at work, home, or the gym.
You might be thinking, I’ve heard all of this before and I want to drink more water but there is a lot of conflicting information on how much is necessary. First off, never let a lack of information stop you from taking healthy steps. Second, we got your back!
How much water should I drink?
Yep, it’s true. It is recommended for adults to drink half their body weight in water every day.
Body Weight / 2 = Necessary ounces of daily water intake.
And it is recommended that those ounces are increased around workouts and higher temperatures (basically anytime you sweat).
How often should I drink water?
Every day! But if you are just starting out, take baby steps to increase your daily volume. As with any goal or habit change, slow progress usually equals lasting progress.
Expert Tip: treat yourself to several fun, BPA-free water bottles to make sure you always have one with you and fill it up every chance you get.
What kind of water is best?
Filtered water is really the best. Let water be water and filter out anything trying to intrude. A splurge on an expensive filter installed in your kitchen is highly recommended.
We know that our bodies are made up of 60% water and we know that lack of water can decrease physical performance and mental clarity. So why do we jump past it so quickly when thinking of the best ways to better our health? Possibly because it’s boring, not sexy enough, or just too easy? Well let’s tackle that with some benefits of getting the recommended daily amount of water.
Better looking skin - what’s not sexy about that?
Joint lubricant - so you can keep on those box jumps
Helps maintain blood pressure - #wellness
Keeps airwaves functioning at high capacity - VO2 max for the win!
Regulates body temperature – never boring to be cool
Flushes body waste - nothing sexy about constipation
Real talk. Two of the most important questions we ask our clients are: How many hours of good sleep you are getting each night and how much water you are drinking each day? We don’t ask these questions for our health. We ask them for yours.