Too many times I see people in the gym (or even outside) stretching the wrong way or not at all. There are so many benefits to taking the time pre and post workout for good stretching. Here are a list of some easy ones you can do; even at the office when you've been sitting awhile.
Water has one of the most important roles to play in maintaining a healthy body and some of its benefits include:
Boosts Physical Performance
Dehydration can cause fatigue, reduced motivation, and mood swings. Therefore, consumption of ample amounts of water by the body is very important to improve the energy levels while exercising and improving the overall physical performance of your body.
Improves Brain Function & Prevents Headaches
A properly hydrated body is shown to function more complex tasks than a dehydrated body. It helps in improving the mood, boosting memory, reducing the frequency of headaches, and improving brain function. If the body experiences fluid loss, it can lead to anxiety and excessive fatigue.
It is the carrier of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to the body parts and also provides a medium for the removal of toxins, dead cells, and waste material. The proteins and enzymes involved in various fundamental processes also require water for their proper functioning. The excretory material in the form of urea is also highly toxic to body tissues and must be diluted before their passage. This is again done by the ‘universal solvent’ – water.
With zero calories and the ability to make you feel full, consumption of it can help promote weight loss. It also promotes metabolism and thereby aids weight loss.
It is one of the major components that promote a smooth functioning of our digestive tract. It helps in maintaining regular bowel movements and in preventing any difficulty in passing stool. Carbonated water is shown to have the most positive effects of constipation.
Improves Kidney Function
According to the International Kidney Stone Institute, 2 liters or 10 glasses of water must be consumed each day to prevent the formation of kidney stones. It is the best solvent and this property does not allow salts and minerals to accumulate to form stones, as the salt reaching kidney gets diluted and eliminated in the urine.
Regulates Body Temperature
Much of the human body is made up of water and this fluid is responsible for the regulation of body temperature. We undergo perspiration in summers to dissipate the excess heat in order to lower our temperature. This temperature regulation property has been attributed to it as well.
Tracking is so important in maximizing your progress. As well as seeing your growth over time! Below is an example of a tracker and a way for you to download a copy for yourself. If you'd like a custom tracker geared toward your goals just ask!