If the writing of this seems a little weird, like you missed something, it’s because this is a series of posts for the GenFit Program. It is a fitness accountability program designed to help us reach our health and fitness goals as a small team online. If you would like more information about this Facebook group, which can help you get fitter, leaner, and stronger, let me know!
Welcome to day one! Water is so important to our bodies and our fitness journeys. It’s pretty boring and bland but there are so many ways to dress it up. I know you have heard a million and ten times that water is good for you, that you have to drink water everyday, and if you go three days without water, you’ll die. But why is that? What is it about clear water that we have to consume for optimal health. Because juice has water…and so does beer, surely you can just drink your beer and receive all the hydration you need for the day, right? Negative! Here are the top ten reasons you need to drink water each day.
- Promotes Weight Loss: The reason many of us are here is to lose weight and tighten up. Often we misidentify dehydration as hunger. By remaining hydrated you can cut out some of the unnecessary calories you are consuming.
- Naturally Detoxes: Water also flushes out any nasty junk floating around inside you. The water improves kidney function which is responsible for passing toxins from the body. Which, by the way, can also help you lose weight.
- Assists in Toilet Time: This may be a little bit of a TMI but water can help lubricate your intestines and loosen your bowels to aid in smooth and regular deifications.
- Improves Physical Performance: This week I have asked you to get your body moving. Below you’ll see a one minute workout for today. Be sure to drink some water to give your muscles the energy they need.
- Increases Energy: The brain needs water, the brain is mostly water. When you feel a little cloudy and fuzzy, it could be because your brain is depleted of water.
- Cures Headaches: Again, when you’re dehydrated, your brain is cross with you. Give it some water and it’ll be pleased with you.
- Improves Mood: I don’t know about you, but a hungry, thirsty, sleep deprived Lexie, is very unpleasant to be around. Once you get some water into your system, you can seriously improve your attitude.
- Clears Skin: Who doesn’t want beautiful, clear, radiant skin? Because you are hydrating the skin from the inside out and flushing toxins out of your body, your skin will make some serious improvements as you drink more water.
- Boosts Immune System: We have had a killer flu this year, literally. Water can help boost and strengthen the immune system, allowing the body to fight off infections like the flu.
- Nourishes the Body: Out of all of these, this was the one that surprised me the most. I had never thought about the fact that when your body is hydrated, your circulation is improved. Thus, allowing nutrients to travel more easily throughout the body.
So those some of the benefits of water. But I know what you’re probably thinking, “I already knew water was good for me, what are you going to tell me that makes it more palatable?” There are several ways one can dress up their water. Here are some of my favorites. But if you are looking to make your water goblet a blank canvas and you are the artist designing the perfect glass of water, here are some recommended paints for your masterpiece:
- 100% fruit juices (no sugar added rubbish)
- Mint Leaves
- Grated Ginger
Adding these delicious and fresh ingredients can help you get more water into your daily routine. But there are some other tips I want you to keep in mind.
- You should carry a bottle with you everywhere. This can help reduce or eliminate the temptation to stop and grab a bottle of pop (I’m from Chicago, you may call it soda), or Snapple.
- When it comes to how much water you’re drinking, try this little formula: take your body weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s the number of ounces of water you should be drinking each day. So for example if I’m 140 pounds, I should be drinking 70 ounces of water per day, which is almost 9 cups per day.
- Of course, because we are on a health and fitness journey, we have to workout. During exercise, drink 7-10 ounces for every 10-20 minutes of exercise. This will help replenish what you lose in sweat. So for our 140 pound person who is working out 30 minutes a day doing one of the GenFit programs, he/she will need to consume ounces per day. That’s about 91 ounces or just over 11 cups per day.
- Sparkling water is acceptable if it is 0 calorie and only sparkling water, no additives. You can add what you like from the list above. This is great for people trying to kick a pop habit.
- Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. These are high in water content and can help hydrate you. Especially things like iceberg lettuce and watermelon.
- Can we do one more toilet talk? Your urine should be a nice pale yellow and not have a smell. Now, if you are on a medication or have a condition, this may not be the case. So if you are drinking plenty of water but are not seeing what you’d expect in the toilet, talk with your doctor. Note: those little vitamin C tablets will also give you orange and smelly pee.
Hopefully I haven’t overwhelmed you with too much information or freaked you out about all this water. It is really good for you, so try to get into the habit of drinking more water and less of everything else. The body is made up primarily of water, not red wine or Coke.
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Thank you, have a sparkly day!
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