It’s no surprise being hydrated has its importance! Helping in weight loss, concentration, digestion, athletics, circulation and, well… Just about everything related to a good health. Here are 4 interesting water guzzling aspects that are often over-looked, especially in the athletics world!
1) How much water do you Need during Training?
The average person will consume about three litres a day, how much consumed during training is another matter all together and depends on the perspiration, exertion level and metabolism of the athlete. A 70kg athlete with considerable stamina tend to sip about 500ml/hour of intensive training. However if you’re a little scratchy when it comes to cardio, you’ll probably consume close to, or just over, a litre initially. (Altogether, that’s approximately five to eight 500ml bottles a day depending on said factors!)
2) Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds…
Water helps improve our performance in athletics, allowing the muscles and circulation to function properly! But what would happen if we were slowly deprived of water for long periods of time, specifically while running long distances? Well aside from a dry throat and other vexing signs of dehydration, apparently many serious athletes experience hallucinations ranging from the dark and surreal to the hilarious! My favourite account being of Marshal Ulrich who while running in a remote area of sun-scorched California, reported a err… ‘mysterious amiable women rollerblading in a silver bikini’ by his side for a whole hour!
3) A Natural Wake-Up Alarm
Drinking a glass of cold water right after waking up is a great way to boost your energy levels in the morning! Makes sense, staying hydrated improves your circulation and concentration which will aid bodily function. (It’s no surprise we tend to oversleep while dehydrated after a night out!) Furthermore, if you drink water with a high pH level (about 8.4), you’re effectively detoxifying your system, balancing acidity levels and reducing the chance of illness!
4) Healthy Eating
Research often reveals hunger and dehydration are commonly confused. Athletes who are proactive in keeping hydrated find they have fewer cravings for junk food which means: sticking to specific diets become far more achievable, and completing athletic goals becomes far more attainable. Which leads to another point: being hydrated in certain cases helps to avoid sugary drinks and encourages weight loss!
Remember, you owe it to yourself to perform to the best your ability and expand limits. Next time you hit the Dojo, make sure you’re hydrated, sharp and ready to make the most of your martial arts training!