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The Hydration Equation

In health and recovery, and even just in day to day life staying hydrated in is extremely important. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:


-Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.

-Drink water before, during, and after a workout.

-When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.

-Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.


Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for too long, have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection), are sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration. It doesn’t send signals for thirst.


Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.


At Maximum Fitness we recommend half of your body weight in ounces per day - for example if you weigh 200 pounds we recommend 100 ounces of water intake per day. Stay Healthy Friends!


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