All of you know that drinking enough water throughout the day is very important, especially if you engage in intense exercising! But many of you don’t know the reasons why staying hydrated is so important, and that’s why I have decided on today’s topic!
Everyone sweats during their workouts (well I hope you do at least!), but why do we sweat? Sweating is the body’s natural way to cool itself down to maintain the wonderful temperature of 98.6 degrees! As we exercise, our heart rate increases, therefore increasing the body temperature, and then the sweat comes along to attempt to cool us off! The body is made up of 2/3 water, and we lose much of this during the day sweating. In fact, we lose an average of 1 quart of water during exercise! We even sweat during cold weather when we aren’t even doing a strenuous activity! The body constantly perspires!
Branching off just slightly, have any of you ever wondered why your armpits stink when you sweat? I never knew this until doing some research, but the armpits are different than most sweat glands because they contain Aprocrine glands, and when they perspire, they release fatty acids and proteins. Actual sweat is orderless, and the smell comes when the sweat decomposes and is attacked by bacteria! Ugh! So I guess it’s true that when people stink, they are indeed dirty! Go shower for goodness sakes!
OK, back on topic. Because we lose so much water during the day, I think it is obvious to say that we need to constantly take in water to counteract the loss. So how much water and when should we drink it during the day? I’m glad you asked!
– Drink 1-2 cups of water in the morning
– Constantly drink water throughout the day, even if you aren’t thirsty. When you get thirsty is when you’re in the beginning stages of dehydration!
– Drink 1-2 cups of water 30 minutes before your workout
– Drink SMALL amounts of water during exercise!
– Drink 2-3 cups AFTER you workout
Also, here is a little interesting fact about age and water intake. The older you get, the harder it is to regulate your body temperature, so all you older people need to make sure you drink a little more water throughout the day!
If you have any additional questions about water intake, email me!