SHREDnation, today I’m sharing a great article put together by Jane Sandwood about hydration. I would love to know your thoughts about it, as this topic is very relevant and important when it comes to reaching your fitness goals.

Water is the healthiest beverage that you can consume while working out, but most Canadians prefer to drink sports drinks to rehydrate after exercise. According to research, Canadians spend more than $450 million in sports drink sales every year. Although these sports beverages contain electrolytes to enhance fluid absorption, it’s likely that you don’t need a bottle of this flavored beverage for a few minutes at the gym. Drinking water and staying hydrated is one of the best ways to maintain your health, whether you’re a regular at the gym or if you prefer other forms of exercise. Find out why water is so much better for you before, during, and after workouts and how being hydrated can help you achieve your fitness goals.

The effects of dehydration

There are many reasons why you should drink water frequently, every single day. Drinking inadequate amounts of water can lead to fatigue, tiredness, and constipation. It can also contribute to irritability, increased anxiety, and mood change. Dehydration can also impact your looks as it can lead to sunken eyes and dry skin, while severe symptoms of dehydration include low blood pressure, fever, and delirium. When exercising, it is imperative to keep hydrated throughout your workout to meet your fitness goals. Here’s how being hydrated can help you achieve optimum health.

It regulates your body temperature

Overheating during exercise can be a problem among fitness enthusiasts, especially if you love to workout outdoors. Drinking water can help your body regulate its temperature by releasing heat, and through sweating, the body is prevented from overheating during any type of physical activity.

It can give you that healthy glow

Dehydration can cause you to have lackluster skin that’s dry and prone to cracking or flaking. But drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can hydrate your skin and restore its glow. Adequate water intake can also help to make you look younger as hydrated skin looks and feels supple and has fewer lines and wrinkles. One of the “foolproof” ways to measure your water intake is to take your weight (in pounds), divide it in 2, and that would be the amount of ounces that you need to consume.

It aids digestion

Proper digestion is one of the keys to good health, and exercise, combined with ample water intake, can have a positive impact on your digestive system. Being hydrated and regular workouts can help to reduce heartburn and promote more efficient bowel movements. However, make sure to allow two hours after a meal before you exercise, and never exercise on an empty stomach.

The next time you exercise, reach for a bottle of pure, plain water instead of sports drinks. Not only will proper hydration make you look good and feel good, but it also helps you to achieve your fitness goals each time you workout.

Written by: Tommy Europe