As a Group Fitness Instructor and personal trainer, I get paid to sweat. Literally.
Often times between coaching and demonstrating, taking a sip of water is totally overlooked…which is totally a bad thing.
You’ve more than likely heard this before … you can live for days, weeks, and even months without food, but 2 to 3 days without water could kill you.
Why is being hydrated so important?
in saliva and stomach secretions it helps to digest food
in blood, it helps transport nutrients and oxygen to all the cells of the body
in body fluids, it helps lubricate joints and cushions organs and tissues · in urine, it carries waste products out of the body
in sweat, it removes body heat generated during exercise
Why is it so hard to stay hydrated?
For one, our bodies are constantly losing water. The most obvious way is through daily urine output. If you exercise, you sweat. Studies of athletes have shown sweat losses of 2 quarts per hour while exercising! Most of us will lose less than that on our daily walk/run, but sweating is still a large source of water loss. Even when not exercising we are losing water through our skin – this is called ‘insensible losses’.
Another reason we have a hard time staying hydrated is that our thirst mechanism has a sort of lag time. Once we are thirsty, our bodies have already reached the point of moderate dehydration, and it becomes more difficult to replenish the fluids to the point of hydration.
I have figured out a way to trick myself into tricking more water, especially after class. When I have a plastic water bottle, I remove the lid, and throw it away. Yep, no lid, means I have to finish my water before I head home. It may seem a little extreme, and of course there’s always an option of spilling, but this little trick has helped me immensely in the last few weeks. Give it a try. Toss that lid, and drink up!