Water: Your Exercise Fuel (#16)

Man drinking water

In life we know that certain functions rely on specific resources: cars need wheels, cellphones need batteries, kites need wind, trains need tracks, peanut butter needs jelly – and humans need water.


If our bodies act as complex machines then water is our “exercise fuel”. 


Not only is drinking water essential for daily exercise and personal development, it also makes up about 65-75% of our bodies. Keeping hydrated helps our body with important functions such as:


  • Regulating body temperature
  • Lubricating joints
  • Aiding in digestion
  • Taking stress off your kidney and liver
  • Carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
  • Protecting your tissues, spinal cord and joints
  • Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
  • Flushes Out Toxins
  • Increase metabolism


Digestion, stress relief, and alertness are one of the few benefits of drinking water regularly.


If you recall, drinking water is also one of the smarter ways to lose weight. Here are some other drinking tips:


  • Try to consume at least 2 liters each day.
  • Drink a glass before each meal to ensure that you feel more “full” after your meal.
  • Try replacing calorie-filled drinks with water. If it tastes too “boring”, try adding a slice of lemon. The nutrients in lemons also helps to reduce food cravings.
  • Drink it ICE COLD! When we drink cold liquids, our bodies have to work harder to warm these fluids to body temperature. This process burns calories for you!
  • Be sure to remain hydrated when you’re exercising and hitting the gym. This allows you to work out longer and harder, and prevents muscle cramps and fatigue.
  • Use your urine as an intake indicator. It your urine color isn’t close to clear you’re not drinking enough.
  • Herbal teas (decaffeinated) are another beverage to compliment your water intake.


Be sure to remain hydrated when you’re exercising and hitting the gym!


In the realm of health and fitness, our bodies require this “exercise fuel” in order to function efficiently. Therefore, challenge yourself to stay properly hydrated every day of your journey!


Key Takeaways:

  • Water is our “exercise fuel”
  • Try to consume about 2 liters each day
  • Staying hydrated helps prevent cramps and fatigue while working out

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