Hey Power Girl,
Have you ever wondered why it is so important to say hydrated?
Well I am here today, to educate you on the purposes of staying hydrated and how it can effect your performance.
Did you know that water makes up MORE THAN HALF OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT?
Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function properly.
Every day your body losses water through your breath, sweat, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements.
So, in order for your body to work properly you must make sure that you are giving it the right amount of water to replenish itself.
So, how much water do you need to drink every day?
Woman/girls are roughly recommended to have 2.2 liters ( aproximently 9 cups) of water everyday.
Have you ever heard of the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.”
That is equal to 1.9 liters of water which is only 3% off from the recommended amount.
Well, this might shock you but that 3% is just like losing 10% of your performance.
Let me give you an example: Let’s say you are doing your Power Girl workout and you can do 10 sit-ups well.
By missing that 3% of water you are going to lose 10% of your performance meaning you might only be able to do 8 or 9.
You wouldn’t want to lose 10% of you performance, just because you are dehydrated, right?
You are probably wondering, how you will know if you are dehydrated?
Well, some symptoms of dehydration include:
- Little to no urine, or urine darker than usual
- Dry mouth and lips
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Lack of focus
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- No tears when crying
I would now like to talk to you about what beverages are not ok and those that are good to drink to keep you hydrated.
First of all I want you to try and stay away from caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks.
The reason why caffeinated drinks are not a good choice is because caffeine is a diuretic which makes you urinate.
You don’t really want to lose water just because you had caffeine.
Juice, pop/soda, and other sugary drinks are also not the best because your are having unnecessary sugar.
Now if you are an elite level athlete, then you can have these drinks but with water to lower the amount of sugars.
But really, the best choice is to stick to water.
Honestly I think that way too many people don’t understand how critical water is to have and that it is what we need to survive.
We should also thank God for the fresh, clean water we have, because their are many people in Africa, Haiti and many other place that don’t have clean water for people to survive.
Have you every felt like you were hungary right after you ate?
When that happens, you are not really hungary, you are actually thirsty.
So the next time you think you are hungary try drinking some water instead.
Start with water and then enjoy your meal.
Cheers! To your success.
Your friend and coach,