Question: "What are the benefits of water and how much should I be drinking?"
Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT
According to normal standards an individual should be drinking at least eight 8oz cups of water on a daily basis. This figure has been the norm for a great period of time and it’s a good way to start if you don’t really know how much water to drink based on your gender and/or activity level. More recent studies are showing that men and women require significantly different amounts of water per day. The Institute of Medicine has recently stated that men require about 104oz of water or 13 cups while women are around 72oz or 9 cups.
Water plays a vital part of your everyday life. It keeps your body hydrated and at normal body temperatures. When you are exercising it is very important to drink water because it helps you control hydration and prevents your body from overheating. Keeping your hydration levels normal helps you avoid muscle cramps and prevent early stages of fatigue. Water through sweating helps eliminate waste and toxins from your body. Sweating is also beneficial because it keeps your body cool during long bouts of exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise.
From an aesthetics point of view, water is great for your appearance. It keeps your skin looking healthy and can even make you look younger. It is beneficial in weight loss as it tends to play a key role in your metabolism and digestion. Water has no calories so you can drink as much as needed every single day. Discuss with your trainer the importance of water and how it can benefit you on a daily basis as you continue your journey to a healthy lifestyle.
Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS
Water is one of the 6 essential nutrients your body needs in order to function properly. Your body can not make enough water on its own so it is vital to drink plenty of water throughout the day. How much water should we be drinking throughout the day? According to Mayo Clinic and The Institute of Medicine an adequate intake of water should be around 13 cups (3 liters) for men and 9 cups (2.2 liters) for woman. Various factors like working out, sickness and the environment determine the amount of water needed. Someone who exercises needs to drink an extra 1.5-2 cups of water to replenish what they lost during their workout. The more intense and longer duration a workout is, the more water you should drink to rehydrate yourself.
What are the actual benefits of water and why should I drink water? Water is your body’s main component and makes up around 60% of your weight. Drinking water will help maintain the balance of body fluids like digesting food, creating saliva and maintaining the body’s normal body temperature. Water enables your kidney to excrete toxins through your urine to cleanse your body. Your skin contains a lot of water and by continuing to rehydrate yourself you are helping your skin look great and not look dry and wrinkled. Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated no matter what you do!