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Hydration Nation

Tuesday October 10, 2017
Football player drinking water.

It's easy getting into a routine for what to bring to the gym. You pack your gym attire, your running shoes, maybe a towel for after your workout and you've definitely packed your water bottle. The first step for most gym goers once they've changed and entered the gym is to fill up their water bottle and start drinking in between sets, but do you know why you need water during your workout? Here are the important facts about staying hydrated during your workout and after your workout! 

#1. If humans are made up of 57-60% water and cucumbers are made up of 95% water... 

Fluids, namely water, are essential to the proper functioning of the human body. Fluids help to move nutrients and waste throughout the body, keep blood pressure normal, protect and cushion your joints and organs as well as the control your body temperate and lower the risk of dehydration and heat stroke.

#2. The Thirst is real! 

Your body tells you when it's feeling a little ignored and in need of some water. When the body is losing more fluid than what is being taken in, it’s dehydrated. Typical symptoms of dehydration are thirst, drip lips and dry mouth, flushed skin, headache, dizziness and fainting, low blood pressure and an increased heart rate.

#3. Gulp. Gulp. Gulp.

It's important to remember that you need more fluids to stay hydrated in hot weather or when you are physically active. Women 19 years and older need on average 9 cups of water, whereas men 19 years and older need 12 cups of water per day. One cup is equivalent to 250 mL of water. In this case, fluids can include other liquids such as milk, coffee, tea and juice. 

#4. Sweat about it

Another important reason why you should be drinking water before, during and after your workout is to replace all the water that will be lost in your sweat as you get physically active. If your physical activity is longer than a 45 minute period, drinking a sports drink will help replace not only the water you lose in sweat but the sodium as well. 

#5. Water with bite

Did you know that about 70% of Ontarians live in areas with fluoridated water? Adding fluoride to our tap water has been shown to be the most effective and inexpensive way to offer fluoride protection to the largest amount of people, decreasing the rates of tooth decay and cavities. 

Although you most likely pack your water bottle every time you go to the gym or take breaks in between sets to get some water from the water fountains, it’s good to keep in mind the benefits of drinking water all day long! 

For more information on the benefits of water, please consult eatrightontario.ca.