Kerry Pye’s health and fitness column: Why it’s important to drink enough water

Goalkeeper Tim Howard takes a water break
Goalkeeper Tim Howard takes a water break

Staying hydrated should be top of your daily to-do list.

As a society ‘drinking’ has become a social activity but the drinking we are doing leads to de-hydration!

Making time for coffee breaks and wine bar stops has become a culture that is changing what people relate to when asked ‘how much fluid do you drink a day?’.

If it’s health, energy, weight loss or sports performance you are aiming for then it’s time to go back to drinking what my dad would call ‘council pop’, good old water!

Your body is more water than it is anything else. About 60-70 per cent of your body weight is water, and the fluid in your body is involved in an amazing number of important tasks. 

You need to drink enough water so that your body can properly digest your food, deliver nutrients to your cells and to get rid of substances that your body doesn’t want.

Without enough water, controlling body temperature is a challenge, your joints would lack lubrication and your muscles would tire more quickly, too.

The bottom line is this: every cell, tissue and organ needs water in order to function properly.

Water is critical in helping your body produce the energy your muscles need to fuel your workouts. 

When you’re not well hydrated, you may feel your energy flagging.

That’s why getting enough fluids before, during and after exercise is so important.

On average we should aim to drink 2-3 litres a day.

Top tip: I eat five times a day (breakfast- snack- lunch- snack- dinner) so ensure I have five large glasses of water just by drinking with each meal. I then add a big glass of water in a morning – essential to wake up my organs and get everything working after rest – and a big glass before bed – which is seen as having lots of heart health benefits.

I top this routine up throughout the day by carrying my water bottle with me and drinking additional amounts of water (often with Hydrate electrolyte replacements in) when exercising to replace lost fluids.

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