Water for Fitness and Vitality

Water For Fitness And Vitality

The right nutrition is the cornerstone of health and
fitness and water plays a major role in your fitness
nutrition plan.

Water plays a vital role in all aspects of the metabolic
process. So much so, that without it you would survive for
only a few days.

As you probably know already, the body is made up of more
than 60% water and this level must be maintained for
optimal health.

It can be difficult to do because we are losing water
continually via urination, respiration and by sweating. To
avoid dehydration, water reserves must be constantly topped
up by drinking at least 8 cups of water each day.

But when you exercise you need to drink even more because
of the additional sweating. The amount lost depends on the
type of exercise, your bodyweight and the surrounding
temperature but you can easily lose 2 pints or more for
each hour of exercise and this must be replaced.

The Signs of Dehydration

There are a number of signs for dehydration and you should
watch out for these. Dark colored urine, with a strong
odor, is one of the easiest signs to spot.

But there are many other warning signs like a dry throat
and mouth, dry cough, dizziness, exhaustion and even loss
of appetite. The signs of severe dehydration are even more
dramatic and include pain when urinating, muscle cramps and
spasms, headaches, nausea and even delirium.

The Best Time To Drink

Drinking the right amount of water at regular intervals
throughout the day will keep the body hydrated and
functioning properly. In preparation for exercise, it is
advisable to drink 2 cups of water about two hours before
your session.

Then immediately before you exercise, drink a cup of water
and during each hour of your session sip between 2 to 3

After the session you also need to drink more water to
replace the fluid lost through sweat.

To really make sure you’re on target, weigh yourself before
exercise and again when you have finished. Work out how
many pounds you have lost and you will need to drink one
pint of water for each pound.

Are Special Energy Drinks Not Better Than Water When I Am

Sports drinks and energy drinks contain a mix of
carbohydrates and electrolytes (minerals) dissolved in

They tend to have fruity flavors and are pleasant to drink.
When you exercise for longer periods (more than an hour)
then sports drinks can be beneficial because the
carbohydrate in them provides the body with readily
available energy to boost performance.

But for short exercise sessions there is no real benefit
over plain water, despite the manufacturers’ claims to the

If you are serious about your training and fitness, it is
worth considering retaining a personal nutritionist or
subscribing to a scientifically developed program like
plan:one to make sure that your fluid intake is sufficient
and that your fitness nutrition plan is tailored to suit
your personal requirements exactly.

About the Author:

Nick Williams is an expert in nutrition and human
metabolism and holds a BSc Hons in Biochemistry. Combining
his scientific training and a lifelong interest in fitness,
he has designed and created plan:one, a powerful
interactive fitness nutrition program that produces amazing
results. With plan:one you can achieve the body you want in
half the time. Try it out now with our Full Access 14 day
Trial at: http://www.startplanone.com


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