Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Wetter the Better

From childhood we all know that we're made mostly of water.  According to the mayo clinic, we are made up of approximately 60% water!  That is almost 2/3 of our body weight made of water.  Our cells need it to be healthy, our brain needs it to work properly, our skin needs it to not crack, and for our workouts our muscles need it to stay cool.  Below are some important functions of water in the body.
  • Regulates our body temperature
  • Carries vital nutrients (and lots of protein) to the muscles that need it
  • Helps keep us regular (I can vouch for this)
  • Helps our kidney's and liver function more effectively by aiding in flushing contaminants out.

How much water should you drink?

This question is kind of tough to answer.  Some baseline estimates for a person who is not working out too hard is 8, 8oz glasses of water a day but some recommend more.  Males typically need more at about 13 cups a day while females are at around 9.  Much more if you workout heavily and sweat a lot.  You have to also remember that you also get some water from the food you eat, the more fruits and veggies the more water you will get from your food.  A good gauge to make sure your hydrated is to look at your urine, if it has a light yellow or clear color to it, then you're fine....but if it is dark yellow or orange and has a strong smell then you are likely underhydrating and not allowing the body to work most effectively.

Tips for drinking water

Carry a naglene bottle full of water with you, they are lightweight and carry 32 ounces of water in them.  My wife is a recovering nalgene addict but swears by how easy they make drinking water.  In fact, she weighs herself every morning and makes sure to drink at least half her weight in ounces each day, much of it out of a nalgene bottle.  I have since adopted the same policy, partly because of her but partly because of the fitness challenge.  It might also help to add some fruit slices to your water, I love a few strawberry slices in mine to give it a little flavor.  What kind of tips do you have?


That Bitch Angie.  I've decided that I will never name a child Angie cause every time I hear her name I will want to scream.  But I have improved my time by 3+ minutes annnnnd bested my most pull-ups in a row mark with 20!! (seen Below)

Strength:  Shoulder Press 65% x 5, 75% x 5, 85% x 5
WOD:  Angie (100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats)

Strength I felt good and completed the sets.
WOD: 26:39
I think I love this picture and I don't know why.

Breakfast (3): HB egg, strawberries, blueberries, nuts
Lunch (3)    : chicken garden salad, carrots
Snack(3)    : nuts, plum, egg
Snack(2)   : grapes, protein
Dinner (3)  : chicken, cauliflower, broccoli

17 points on the day!

1 comment:

  1. I just saw this...I put cucumber in my water (or cucumber and lemon)...makes the water taste really nice and light (sounds weird, I know, but trust me).