Adequate hydration is one of the first steps to becoming healthy. Water is essential to life. Sustaining your body’s natural hydration levels is key to reach optimal performance through daily activity and exercise.
The body is made up of more than 60% water. The human body relies on water for temperature regulation, proper digestion, joint lubrication, and removal of toxins and waste. The question is how much water is enough? Hydration varies between individuals, according to health and fitness expert Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, to maintain your body’s natural hydration levels individuals should consume half of their body weight in fluid ounces. For example, a weight of 160lbs should consume approximately 80 ounces of water daily. Hydration can also be monitored with urine color (light: hydration, dark: dehydration) and sweat loss (change in body weight before and after exercise). When exercising it is important to replenish fluids during and after exercise; the amount of fluid consumed should be based on the duration and intensity of exercise performed.
What to drink when you exercise? There are several options to choose from when selecting a drink to hydrate with and it varies for each individual. The most convenient and most commonly used fluid is water. It’s free, it’s natural, and it hydrates!
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