As lockdown restrictions start to ease and we start to enjoy spending time outdoors with family and friends, staying hydrated can sometimes be forgotten.
Staying hydrated is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and it comes with some benefits that you might not be aware of. Drinking water can give your skin a stunning glow and keep your body in tip top shape.
However, did you know it can also keep you energised as well as improve muscle health? Our friends at Aqua Optima have shared five unusual benefits of staying hydrated.
Keeps you energised
We continually lose water throughout the day, particularly when we exercise as we perspire. Therefore, it is important to replace this water by drinking plenty of fluid before, during and after a workout.
Dehydration can negatively impact your performance as your muscles are likely to fatigue more rapidly or cramp. So, make sure you stay energised by drinking water regularly, swap your morning coffee for a glass of water and reap the benefits. You may even get a new personal best at your next parkrun!
Even being mildly dehydrated can affect your concentration, making you feel tired and sluggish. Completing simple tasks can seem impossible when you’ve not drunk enough water.
Keep a glass of filtered water or reusable water bottle on your desk or work space to encourage regular rehydration so you can stay focused and alert.
Our skin requires water to function properly to maintain optimal skin moisture and retain essential nutrients for skin cells. Your skin will love you for staying hydrated as it increases its elasticity; a vital feature for ensuring your complexion remains clear and youthful.
Set reminders on your phone throughout the day to remind you to top up on your H20.
Maintains muscle health
Our muscles are made up predominantly of water, around 70% in fact. To prevent muscular cramps, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to keep your muscles functioning effectively meaning you can exercise more and achieve your fitness goals faster.
Make sure to drink before and after exercise to prevent any form of dehydration.
Keeps things in working order
Water is a fundamental factor that aids the effective functioning of our bodies. Maintaining a good level of hydration will help your body work at its optimal level, aiding digestion, reducing the risk of headaches and helping us to absorb essential nutrients from food.
Get the whole family involved in a hydration challenge and encourage each other to drink more water – it can be a lot easier to stay motivated to drink water when you have a support team around you.
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