The importance of sleep and hydration often are overlooked.
Hello fitness friends and happy May! Happy Mothers Day Sunday. I am feeling so tired and worn out this month with work, kids, kids school. Can you relate? This month our overall theme is the importance of sleep and hydration. These factors may not seem too important, but they can have a lot to do with weight loss, weight gain, and staying fit both physically and mentally.
Take a moment to ask yourself: How much water do you drink every day? How much sleep do you get each night? And how might these factors change the course of achieving your goals?
Let’s start with water. Drinking water is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Did you know up to 60% of the human adult body is made up of water? Water is a key part of many bodily functions necessary to keep us alive and well.
To name a few, water helps us:
- Lubricate joints.
- Regulate body temperature.
- Form saliva (necessary for digestion).
- Flush body waste.
- Convert food into components needed for survival.
So if water is so important, how much do we actually need to drink to stay healthy?
This answer varies based on a lot of different factors like age, weight, and gender. With that being said, the average adult male and female should consume about 8-12 cups each day or enough to make your urine not smell bad or be bright yellow. For those who don’t enjoy drinking water, you’re in luck. Some of this can be taken in the form of fruits and veggies that are dense in water, like watermelon and spinach.
Now that you know a little bit more about water, how does it relate to weight loss, weight gain, and achieving your fitness goals? Well, it’s simple. For one, fat tissue does not hold as much water as lean tissue. Second, lack of water can lead to dehydration, which can really drain your energy levels. And finally, if you don’t drink enough water your salt/water ratio will become unbalanced and your body will hang on to any extra fluids until the balance is restored. This means that you’ll retain more water weight – which is weight nonetheless.
Now, let’s talk about sleep.
Sleep is so important for so many reasons and much like water, is essential for health and survival.
Sleep helps us:
- Maintain good cardiovascular health.
- Maintain a stable and positive mood.
- Retain information and memories.
I know it probably seems like the importance of sleep is pretty straight forward, but did you know what bad sleeping patterns/not getting enough sleep can affect your weight loss goals? But how can sleep possibly relate to your diet? It’s simple.
A lack of sleep can negatively affect your metabolism. Getting enough sleep won’t necessarily make you lose weight, but a lack of sleep can lead to an increased appetite. Not only that, but not getting enough sleep takes a direct hit on self-love and care. Remember when I said sleep helps maintain a stable mood? This is exactly why sleep is related to self-love. When you get enough sleep, you are taking care of yourself. You are loving yourself, and you’re treating your body right.
Looking for guidance with helping you with defining the importance of sleep and hydration? We have trainers that are ready and eager to help you! We’ve recently moved to at-home virtual training and can help you from the comfort of your own home, in a safe manner. Contact us today for a consultation and take another step towards achieving your fitness goals!
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