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Most people do not drink nearly enough water. Everyone knows that the general rule is 8 glasses of water a day, but we find it so hard to make it a habit to do so.

Sweat it Out: Water, Water, Water

Kristen is a Certified Cize, Insanity and PiYo Instructor and offers fitness classes on Abaco.
Kristen is a Certified Cize, Insanity and PiYo Instructor and offers fitness classes on Abaco.

Most people do not drink nearly enough water. Everyone knows that the general rule is 8 glasses of water a day, but we find it so hard to make it a habit to do so.

Your body is about 60% water. A lot of that water is stored in the body’s cells. In fact, our cells need water in order to survive. So it only makes sense that we need to be drinking water more often.

Water is essential for your body. Water helps regulate your bodily functions, it energizes your muscles, it helps with your kidney functions, it helps you to look younger, it regulates your bowel movements, it removes toxins from the body, it reduces cancer risks, it can reduce headaches, it increases your brain power, it prevents cramping, it strengthens the immune system, and so much more.

But let’s be honest, on an average day, we aren’t thinking about all of those things. So let’s explore some reasons to drink water that we may care more about.

Water can help you to lose weight (and to maintain your weight). Water helps your body to process the foods that you eat. And not only that, it helps you to maintain that feeling of being “full” which helps you to eat less. Water can also give you more energy, so you are more likely to workout. And water has no calories! Any soda or juice is going to have a lot of calories, whereas with water, you are saving those calories. (A lot of people will find that they will lose weight just by cutting out soda and juice alone.)

Another amazing thing that drinking more water can do for us is: it can save money! It is essential to save money wherever possible, and drinking water can help you do that. Sodas, juices, coffee, energy drinks all cost money, and usually they cost more than a bottle of water. Purchasing drinks or bottles of water can add up fast. Most people will buy 2 drinks a day. That adds up to at least $600 a year. This is money that does not need to be spent. A lot of restaurants will have filtered water, which is free. And if you invest into your own filtered pitcher, you can save money by drinking your own tap water and taking it with you throughout your day.

The general rule that we all know is drink 8 glasses of water a day. But a more accurate way to measure the amount of water each person needs is by dividing their weight by 2 and that is the amount of ounces they should drink a day. A 130-pound person should drink 65 ounces of water a day.

It can seem like that is a lot of water to drink in a day, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. Drink water with every meal. Get a 24-ounce water bottle and fill that twice a day: once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Drink water during any type of physical activity. And also, drink water every time you feel thirsty.

If you follow these simple rules, you will find it is easy to drink the right amount of water your body needs.

 

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About Kristen Pearce

Kristen Pearce
I am passionate about health and fitness. I am a certified Insanity, PiYo and Cize Instructor, and I offer classes throughout the week in Abaco. I host Nutrition Challenges a few times a year that are open to all.

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