A lot of us try our best to start out our fitness journeys in the new year. January is a great time to get yourself into gear and start moving forward, and if you’ve been looking to get into shape, you’ll need to have a goal and a plan. Did you know The Alaroro wrote a really cool post on planning & setting good goals? You should check it out here.
Speaking about The Alaroro, we were having a chat recently, and she asked if I could share five habits that absolutely anyone can implement, to improve their health and be better in 2016. After a minute of deep contemplation, I replied
So, for the next five days, I’ll be talking about different habits that you can implement, that will help make 2016 your healthiest year yet, and I’ll be starting with water.
There was a time my favourite drink used to be Sprite, Coke, and other sugary stuff. But then as I started my fitness journey, I started to drink more water, and eventually it became the most featured drink in my life. Not only are our bodies made mostly of water, and we lose a lot of that water in our every day activities, from skin evaporation, to urinating and even breathing. It’s essential that this water be replaced.
Benefits of Drinking Water
1. Body-Water Balance:
Like I said earlier, our bodies are made up of about 60% water. Drinking water helps the body stay in balance and perform basic but important functions such digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
2. Weight Loss:
This may seem weird, but drinking water helps with controlling weight. Tons of studies have been done which show that drinking lots of water helps with weight loss. What’s the magical reason? Well, drinking water helps you feel full. So getting a few glasses with each meal will usually ensure that you’re full faster, and don’t need to eat so much.
3. Hangover Treatment:
Alcohol gets a bad rap in the fitness world. Probably because it dehydrates the body a lot (among other things). But, in trying to deal with a hangover, drinking lots of water helps to re hydrate the body, flush out toxins, and ease the pounding headaches associated with hangovers.
4. Muscle Fuel:
When you workout, you sweat a lot and lose water, which your muscles need to recover from stressful workouts, and to get stronger. Drinking water helps refuel your muscles, making it easier to get through that workout, and feel even better afterwards.
5. Skin Cleansing:
Clear skin is something we would all like (I mean, who doesn’t want to look like a fresh kid?). Drinking water flushes out toxins in the body which cause inflammation and (sometimes) wrinkles, and can also help clear out light pimples.
6. Improved Kidney Function:
Your kidneys help your body filter and transport waste products in and out of the cells. They do this job amazingly well, when there’s enough water in the body to assist that function. When you get enough water, you’ll notice that your urine is usually clear and almost odorless, which is an indication that your kidneys are in good shape. However, not getting enough water means your kidneys will not function at their best, and it even puts you at the risk of having kidney stones. Especially in warmer parts of the world, like Nigeria.
So How Much Water Should You Drink?
The most common advice for drinking water is that you should get about eight glasses of water every day. This amounts to about 2.5 litres of water (about 5 sachets of pure water). This may not necessarily be enough for everyone (as weight and height affects your necessary intake), but it’s always a great start.
And that’s it for Habit One!
Check back tomorrow for the next Habit for a Healthier You!
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