We’ve all felt it. Whether on a hot day, during a workout, or during a Personal Training session, that need for a nice cool sip of water. Well that’s at least what you should feel anyway. However, these days a nice cup of coffee or tea is usually what most of us crave, and usually with a biscuit!
This is not good. 60% of the human body is made from water, and this increases to 75% in our muscles. A human can only survive without water for about a week, whereas we can last up to a month without food. This shows how important water is, and should make you think about how much you’re actually drinking.
We should aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. And this is for someone who doesn’t exercise. Exercisers should drink even more than this, to replace the fluids lost. Unfortunately, drinking caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea, and alcohol don’t count. So 3 cups of coffee’s, 2 glasses of wine, and a glass of water is not sufficient fluids for the day (please don’t follow that as an example!) This is because caffeine and alcohol acts as a diuretic. A diuretic is something which increase the amount of urine excreted through the body. And in plain English, it makes us wee more. Therefore a cup of coffee actually makes us wee more than the same amount in just water, and so we lose more fluids than you take in.
As a Personal Trainer, I drink a lot of water through the day. Typically I’ll drink about 4 litres a day. However, this is not necessarily the right amount for you. Try and drink about 2-3 litres a day. If you find this hard, fill a 1 litre bottle up, and find out how much of it drink. Then try and beat that amount form day to day.