If you are a bit confused by the title, it comes from the movie “The Waterboy” starring Adam Sandler… I highly recommend it. As I continue down the path of setting yourself up to exercise in a healthy way, I wanted to dedicate a blog post to proper hydration before, during and after your workout. People continue to overlook just how important proper hydration is and just how much it affects your ability to have a good workout. For now, let’s start with the basics of water & hydration…
- The human body contains 2/3 water by weight
- The water breakdown of the body are as follows:
- brain & heart 73% water
- lungs 83% water
- skin 64% water
- muscles & kidneys 79% water
- bones 31% water
What Function Does Water Play for your Body?:
The following picture sums up the majority of water’s function in your body. I have included a list of the other various functions that water plays a role in.
- Maintains pH level of 7.35-7.45 which is directly related to oxygen intake, high energy levels, and a better immune system
- Improves muscle function and decreases fatigue & mood swings
- Reduces change of headaches
- Promotes weight loss and metabolism by achieving the feeling of being “full”
- Promotes healthy skin care
- Relieves constipation
- Reduces hangovers
- Improves kidney function by acting as the best solvent for the body and therefore reducing the risk of getting kidney stones
- Reduces osteoporosis
- Promotes breathing
- Prevents heart disease
In sum, water is incredibly important for proper function in the body. You must nourish you’re body with water so it has the chance to let the body function in a natural and healthy way. The next misconception is just how much water the average person needs to consume on a daily basis.
So How Much Water Do You Need To Drink?
If you play it cut and dry and are just looking for a solid number to achieve each day in water consumption, the following numbers are for you:
- Men- 3 liters per day
- Women- 2.2 liters per day
However, it shouldn’t be counted out that age, location, and daily exercise plays a huge role in how much this average deviates. Typically as you get older, you should drink more water as your body begins to break down (bone strength, immune system, back problems, etc). Location is mentioned as, naturally, people in hot climates should be drinking much more than others that live in a more temperate climate.
Exercise plays a role in that someone who works out daily should drink much more than someone who chooses not to. This is simply because as you exercise, your body naturally secretes more sweat (which is mostly water). Therefore, you must replenish this water that you lost on top of the water necessary for even the average person that doesn’t exercise.
Finally, it should be noted that a lot of water comes from the food you eat. You don’t need to drink crazy amounts of water each day as the majority of things you eat daily has at least a small amount of water in it. There is no reason to chug huge Nalgene water bottles that many fitness websites recommend you drink. Simply be smart about it and drink water with every meal and throughout the day.
Stay happy and healthy!