A large part of fitness is hydration. Our bodies are mostly made of water, and water is used in almost every process that our body performs. Studies today show that a majority of the population is not drinking enough water, so if you are asking yourself if you are drinking enough water and want the short answer, then the answer is you likely aren’t drinking enough water.
A standard that people have always aimed for is 64 ounces of water a day…8 cups. But 64 ounces of water is just the minimum. This does not include the water you would need to be active. Imagine a Sunday afternoon where you are cleaning the living room, or a Saturday walk outside, or even a post-work exercise. Your body is using water in every action that you do, and suddenly that 64 ounces is no longer enough.
Water is used largely in our blood circulation. This keeps our muscles loose, promotes the “lubrication” of joints, and also delivers energy to fuel our muscles. If you aren’t drinking enough water, you often will experience muscle cramps, muscle stiffness, and quick muscle fatigue. This is because if you dont have enough water in your body, your muscles are not getting the energy they need that is transported by blood and can often times break down muscle protein for immediate energy.
Water also helps with digestion, removes toxins, and regulates the hormone and chemical composition within our body. When these three things are done effeciently, apart from feeling better your body is also primed to operate more efficiently. Most studies show that weight loss is correlated with water intake as well. If you aren’t drinking enough water you cant properly digest food, so the body will have a tendency to store the energy as fat. The reasons why more than just 64 ounces of water a day is necessary are endless.
So when it comes to hydration, you have to know for yourself. Aim for 96 ounces a day, and try to build up to a gallon of water a day. You will feel cleaner, find you have more energy, and will be on a better trajectory for accomplishing your fitness goals.