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FOR OPTIMIUM FITNESS
We’ve all heard that drinking plenty of water is crucial to optimum fitness. Before, during and after workouts, trainings and competitions, our bodies need to be well-hydrated to perform at their best.
Everybody is different, and we each have our own needs. Some of us sweat more than others, and we all work out at different rates of effort, for different lengths of time. On top of that, jogging on a treadmill in an air-conditioned room is not the same as a mid-day run in summer heat and humidity. But as a general starting point, to keep our bodies in their best condition, The American Council on Exercise suggests these guidelines:
Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising
Drink 8 ounces of water 20 to 30 minutes before you start exercising or during your warm-up
Drink 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise
Drink 8 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise
Our bodies require water, but you may not know exactly why, or in all the ways it’s important. Here’s a quick overview:
When our bodies get hot, we sweat to stay cool. It’s the human body’s way of mitigating a core temperature that’s gotten too high. It’s not just our comfort that’s at risk, either, it’s our immediate health — a quickly raising temperature causes actual cardiac stress.
Sweating cools down our bodies in two ways. First, every droplet carries a little bit of that internal heat out of our bodies. Then, when that droplet interacts with the air and evaporates on our skin, it acts as a personal cooling agent.
Of course, we need enough fluid in our bodies to generate sweat in the first place, which is where that ice-cold bottle of Starkey Spring Water comes in. One of the benefits of our natural, 9.2 pH spring water is its taste, which makes hydrating an actual pleasure.
Exercise puts demands on our joints — not only through repetitive impact, but also because of the dehydration it can cause. Our cartilage is largely cushioned from this friction by a natural shock absorber in the joint cavities called, “synovial fluid.” Among other things, synovial fluid is made up of water. Dehydration depletes our joints of this protective substance. Drinking enough water is essential in keeping it in good supply.
Water is a literal carrier of nutrients. It transports the nourishment we need to our cells as well as the waste out of our body. When we tax our body’s hydration supply — through rigorous exercise, for example —without continually replacing it, we’re not getting those nutrients to the right places. We’re also not supplying our muscles with electrolytes, which they need to build strength and maintain control.
Starkey Spring Water is created by a natural interaction with heat and mineral rock, as it bubbles up from the pristine, ancient geothermal spring. The higher alkaline and mineral content imparts a better taste, making Starkey Spring Water an appealing and refreshing choice. Consuming the right amount of water contributes to the overall nourishment of our bodies.