We all know someone that somehow, some way, follows through with their commitment to go to the gym. And I don’t mean go to the gym as in swim twenty minutes once per week before hitting the sauna, I mean go to the gym and go hard. Daily.
For my friends, I am that someone. I also just happen to work for a leading online retailer of water filters and filtration systems. I’m not trying to brag. I’m making sure that when you hear me talk about drinking water and working out, you know you can trust the source.
Facts up front: Studies from the Institute of Medicine, cited by the Mayo Clinic, suggest thirteen cups of total fluids per day for men and nine cups for women. (Many reinterpret this to mean eight eight ounce glasses of water per day, simply because the ‘8×8’ rule is easy to remember.) When you work out, your body can lose an immense amount of fluid through sweat – the result of which is you become dehydrated.
You’ve heard the above stats hundreds of times – and every time you hear them – you remember to get in your sixty-four ounces of clean water, right before you hit the gym. And just like the time before, you lose your steam halfway through, and probably swear off the gym yet again.
But you should be properly hydrated meaning you should have more energy, right? If you’re drinking water by the chugful directly before you work out, wrong. When you chug water, you take in more than your body can possibly absorb. This results in the water you are drinking passing through your body rather than being absorbed into your muscles to help drive you through your workout. This means lack of energy and motivation – side effects of dehydration.
The key to ensuring clean water gets you through your workout is to drink consistently throughout the day so when you start your routine, you’re already hydrated. Then, when you start sweating, you’re using what your body has been storing all day. That will ensure the bottle of drinking water you (I hope) brought to the gym is an engine, not a lifeline.
When you’re finished working out, make sure you drink more clean water to replenish yourself and assist your muscles in the healing process. I would recommend drinking eight ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise. By adding protein or electrolyte powder to your drinking water, you will help your body regain what has been lost and more easily find the motivation and energy you need to push through tomorrow’s workout.
To help ensure you stay on track with your goals, I would personally recommend a 20 oz. Brita Water Filter Bottle. This type of bottle is certified to reduce chlorine, taste, odor and sediment – and its twenty ounce size can help you better keep track of how much water you drink during the day. And if you don’t want to use the same water bottle in the office as the gym, might I suggest picking up two?
If you take away one thing from my post – let it be this: clean water contributes to 75% of muscle tissue – so drink up!
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