Water, the giver of life. The essence of life. We are mainly made up of water. Water is vital to everyday life for us, for all life. We can go days without food, but not water. Globally, water is the new oil (watch the movie watermark if you get a chance). Yet I still see people exercising and not drinking water. Why? Are they holding onto that old school mentality that water is for sissies? I don’t know. I asked one person why they don’t drink water when working out, and I never really got a reason. I guess they don’t even know.
Why intake of water is important
Our body uses water for many things, transporting nutrients in, waste products out of our cells. It helps with the circulatory system, and also helps maintain body temperature. I would say those are pretty important functions!
When we exercise, our body is doing many things to facilitate the process of exercising. One of those things is the chemical process of creating energy. Our body uses ATP – Adenosine Triphosphate for energy. Think of ATP as the energy currency of the body. If you want to perform any activity, you pay for it in ATP. I’ll be discussing ATP in much greater detail in a post later on. When we are exercising, and this chemical process is occurring to provide energy, we have byproducts, or waste. One of the byproducts is, you guessed it, H20. Also, let’s look at the obvious. If you are working hard, you are sweating out all that beautiful water.
When to drink water
Make sure you are properly hydrated before you work out. If you feel thirsty, you are already lacking water. When working out, have a mouthful of water after about 10 minutes in, and repeat every 10 minutes. Then following your workout, be sure to replenish the water you have lost.
Of course if you are participating in an endurance activity be sure that you are also replenishing your electrolytes. This article does not touch on the electrolyte needs for endurance activity, so I recommend you get educated in this area.
Don’t be hard headed
As I mentioned earlier, there seems to be the old school mentality still out there, people who look at taking water breaks as being weak. Don’t be one of those people. I would hate to be one of those people and find out years down the road that I did damage to my body that is now evident, and can’t be undone.
Be nice to yourself, train hard, and train smart! You deserve it.
Yours in health,