Maelin and Steve get comfortable in the bottom of the squat. Get ready to get down there today!
I know most of you are very good about drinking water. I see lots of very cool water bottles at the gym, and I appreciate how well you're taking care of yourselves. Hydration is a foundational wellness practice.
Do you know how much water you're drinking during the day? Do you know who much you should drink daily? A good place to start is to consume 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. For example if you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces of water each day. You will notice an increase in the number of bathroom visits, but you will notice a bit of weight loss and improved skin quality. The best benefit of adequate hydration is improved performance and recovery.
Water consumption helps lubricate joints, ensures our muscles cells are adequately hydrated, and helps with recovery. Muscle cells contain 75% water! If you are dehydrated, even a little bit, the biochemical reactions in your cells can be compromised.
Water is an important solvent in our cell, transporting dissolved chemicals into our our of our cells as needed. Water dissolves nutrients we need for growth, maintenance and repair. Water is the medium in which most of our intracellular reactions occur. Water not only lubricates our joints, but acts as a shock absorber for our eyes, and spinal cord. Drinking water is an important source of minerals.
Often, people who are stuck at a weight loss plateau can bust through the plateau by increasing their water intake. Try it. Increase your daily water intake to 1/2 your body weight in ounces and see what happens. You will probably feel better in addition to looking better.
Drinking water is so important that Laini and I dedicated today's Wellness Wednesday video to drinking water. Enjoy!
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