It had me thinking, do I drink enough. I’m a 220 lb powerlifter that sweats at the thought of running. Though I’m not in marathon shape, I am in what we call “Iron Triathlon” shape. The sport of powerlifting is made up of maximum attempts for a single repetition at the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. It is extremely high intensity training with heavy weights. 4 guys in my gym squat over 800 lbs. This also means we eat and drink like we’ve been in cold storage for 20 years and have to make up for the meals we missed at a single sitting.
Anyway, I drink a lot, but do I drink enough… well, I’m trying. How about you? Are you drinking enough? Here’s some fun facts and statistics for you and some good guidelines to make sure you’re drinking enough in this record-setting heat.
- Your muscle is made up of nearly 70% water
- Your brain is nearly 85% water
- Nearly 75% of Americans walk around chronically dehydrated
- Often, when you are thirsty, you confuse that sensation with that of hunger, possibly contributing to the fat content of Americans (I wonder what the body-fat percentage of America is?)
- The standard rule is 8x8 (8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day)
- YOU lose 10 cups of water per day (sweating breathing, potty breaks, etc)If it’s hot or you’re exercising, you can lose as much as 2 quarts per hour.
- Your athletic performance can decrease by as much as 20-30% if you are even slightly dehydrated.
So basically, if you don’t drink enough water, your body and mind stop functioning at their best. It’s super important to drink plenty of water. This is what I do to help get enough water in me each day.
1. Take a water bottle with me everywhere. If I was a girl, it would be my purse!
2. Drink randomly. I drink every time I send off an email, get into or out of the car, and every time I sit down.
3. I never wait until I’m thirsty to drink. That is usually too late for me and I don’t want to be dehydrated
4. I regularly flavor my water with things like stevita (http://stevitastevia.com). It’s a healthy way to avoid the boredom of water all the time.
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