Fancy a pint…

…of water?

I’m not going to teach you to suck eggs here.

In this hot weather I thought I’d give you a gentle reminder to drink a bit more.

Turning up for training with half a bottle of water is no good.

We all know staying well hydrated and drinking water is good for us.

But its surprising how many of us need reminding.

Apart of peeing something that looks and smells like its come from the bottom of a pond, dehydration comes in many forms.

  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Headache
  • Tiredness

It can also lead to a loss of strength and stamina.

Dehydration’s the main cause of heat exhaustion.  Not the surrounding temperature!

Remember your skin will also go dry and wrinkly without water.

So you will become dehydrated and ugly too!

If dehydration is ongoing, it can affect your kidney function and cause kidney stones.

Now that hurts!…If you don’t believe me just check it out on YouTube, I just watched a few horrific videos.

  • Dehydration can also lead to:
  • Liver, joint and muscle damage
  • Cholesterol problems
  • Constipation

Are you convinced yet?

Water makes up alot of the watery part of the blood, plasma.

So if you’re dehydrated, your blood gets sticky and thick and cant circulate.

No circulation.

Reduced oxygen, nutrients etc etc.

How much should you drink?

I generally go by the rule of 1 pint (1/2 litre) to every 50Ibs (22kg).

So thats 1.5-2.5 litres for most people.

Believe it or not you can drink too much water.

Water intoxication/over hydration, also known as water poisoning or dilutional hyponatremia.

It’s fatal as it disturbs the electrolyte balance of the brain.

Think of it as diluting your orange squash cordial too much.  Your body needs a certain concentration of electrolytes.

So in conclusion, go have a pint of water now.

Its good for you in this hot weather and you will also look more attractive!

Have a good day.

About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.