Water is essential:
The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of 50 to 75 per cent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration, and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.
Importance of water
Water is needed for most body functions, including:
- Maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body
- Keep the bloodstream liquid, enough to flow through blood vessels
- Help eliminate the byproducts of the body’s metabolism, excess electrolytes (for example, sodium and potassium), and urea, which is a waste product formed through the processing of dietary protein
- Regulate body temperature through sweating
- Moisten mucous membranes such as those of the lungs and mouth
- Lubricate and cushion joints
- Reduce the risk of cystitis by keeping the bladder clear of bacteria
- Aid digestion and prevent constipation
- Moisturise the skin to maintain its texture and appearance
- Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Serve as a shock absorber inside the eyes, spinal cord and in the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus in pregnancy.
Tips for increasing water intake:
- Add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to plain water to add variety.
- Keep a bottle or glass of water handy on your desk or in your bag.
- Add ice cubes made from fresh fruit to a glass of water.
- Buying a bottle which works for you.
- World of technology – use reminders on your device, phone tablet – notifying you to drink between meeting.
‘Weight Loss’ and water consumption:
Look there is a lot of products which are given weird and wonderful names, claim to give you the best results, product which even make water look glamorous. If you want to make great results to individual health, water is key to that success.
Entering an exercise programme can be tough, especially if you are new to the game, however when its done right it can be extremely rewarding. Looking back at those products which claim to speed up the process, they are great, you losing weight, you have more energy, however I have seen these clients and individuals who seek these quick results only fall later in frustration, and start climbing the wall again months and years later. If we want to make changes to our nutrition habits, we must look at making small changes, work on one thing at a time, this can be rewarding, plus it means you can set to maintain this change, and pick another area to focus on.
Focusing on too many objectives, or jumping straight in:
Sometimes we are so motivated about making the change, so we decide to start straight away, or tell others; ‘next week I will start my healthy eating’, ‘ I am going to cut everything out’. While this is great, most of us slip back into bad habits pretty quick.
So I suggest the above, make a plan a big goal, something you realistic feel you want to achieve, set a realistic time focus, and then start listing how,when, and why, the reason I say why, is simply most of us do not know, or have a solid idea of why you want something.
I am talking about the bigger picture, in order to change you must adapt everything, if your lifestyle is pretty stressful this is going to effect your exercise, and you nutrition. When I say everything, you can take you time, make the small adaptations which provide the best results.
“make small adaptations, which provide the best results’
Stress can be good, ‘good stress’ – bad stress can bring all kind of demons. You body is your machine, and your engine, if your doing too much of something it doesn’t like, it will tell you, sometimes through injury, it will breakdown, hold back those results you want, or more serious consequences.
I am not a scientist, but I believe we can make our own decisions, listen to our bodies natural signals, take sometime out to rest, and more importantly seek some great advice through professionals, this does not mean you can not self educate via media, and articles, like reading this post, you will make your own decisions and opinions.
If you reading this, your challenge is this, by the way I am not selling anything, nor am I looking to climb a ladder of commissions, or get a Mercedes in year five.
- Drink water for two weeks, at least x 8 glasses of 200ml, go buy a funky bottle you stick to you hip all day. Use this as your focus point, if its weight loss then great, this is your best friend. If you are back to back with meeting, this bottle is you recharge battery, your reboot.
- Also take 10 minutes out of your day, to reflect on your day, this can be done at the start of the day, or at the end of the day. How did you day go, did you achieve anything, could you have done something better?
– Post on this blog, my facebook page. How did feel? did you start eating more of less over this time? how did your exercise regime feel? how did you sleep? did you adapt or change anything with your daily reviews? Did you start your days differently?
– Webster Fitness.