We all know that hydration is important.
When it comes to Pilates, getting a massage or any other type of exercise or bodywork, it is of increased importance!
Here are some reasons why hydration is so important, and a few inspirations for meeting your daily quota.
We are 60% water!
What is the daily quota anyway? According to MayoClinic.com, the suggested intake is eight 8oz glasses per day. When it comes to exercise, recommendations are to drink 17-20 ounces of water 2-3 hours before your workout, then drink 8 ounces 30 minutes before your workout, and another 8 ounces no more than 30 minutes after your workout. While juice, soda and coffee all contain water, they do not hydrate the body as effectively as pure H2O.
Water is Healing Energy
Water transports nutrients throughout the body and carries out important enzymatic functions that contribute to quality sleep and restoration to the body. This enables healing processes, speeding up joint and cartilage repair. Better rest increases our focus and balance, making us less likely to injure ourselves. Feeling fatigued? Try upping your water intake!
Hydration Reduces Muscle Cramping
While science has yet to explain the reason, dehydration is linked with muscle cramping. Athletes link their increased muscle cramping in warmer months to increased water loss through sweat. If you’re experiencing muscle cramping in class, try drinking extra water during the day before you get to class, and you’re likely to see an improvement.
Water flushes toxins from the body. When we exercise we speed up the detoxification process, sending more water through our systems more quickly. Drinking more water also improves the body’s water retention, resulting in better functioning kidneys. This means our kidneys can do their very best of detoxification, resulting in decreased inflammation, clearer skin and a myriad of other benefits.
Reduce High Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
When we’re fully hydrated, our blood is about 92% water. This allows the blood to keep circulating through our bodies, which helps us to prevent high blood pressure. Something else you might not have guessed is that a dehydrated body will create more cholesterol in order to allow cells to function properly. So by simply staying hydrated we can reduce our cholesterol level!
How to Meet that Quota
Easier said than done. So how do we make sure we meet our water quota? A few of us at the studio have started downing a glass of water together hourly, during class change-overs. A water-buddy, sort of like a jogging buddy, is a great idea! You could also try setting a “drink water” alarm, or fill up a nice big bottle and calculate how many times you will need to fill it up each day to meet your quota. If you’re feeling fancy, here is a list of drink-water apps that you can try. Whatever you need to do to make it happen, your body will thank you.