HYDRATE 3/5 How to Stay Injury Free and Feeling Strong

Muscle growth and endurance is founded on one key principal: stressors. Without stressors there could be no results. If you do not engage in resistance training, you cannot build more muscle. Same goes for endurance: if you do not train yourself to your limits, you will not create a higher endurance threshold. Everyone does well enough at working hard during the workout, but the recovery part is something of a different beast altogether. Recovery takes time and for some it seems a tedious task. If not done correctly, or at all, it can cause muscle imbalances, chronic headaches, and eventually could lead to injury. These simple steps will help speed up recovery and ultimately help to secure the results of the hard work many people are already doing.

Hydrate

Water is such a simple thing yet it is the basis of all life we know to be in existence. It is extremely important that you hydrate yourself properly to make sure that your body works and heals properly. The human body is about 60% water and keeping that water replenished and clean is key to our recovery and performance. Being properly hydrated can reduce a lot if pains and aches on its own especially if you are giving up soda for more water. My invitation to you is to enact these three things to help improve your hydration.

  1. Start and end your day with a glass of water. If you know me at all you know I LOVE my coffee, but I always start and end my day with a glass of water.

  2. Keep a water bottle, or gallon jug with you. It doesn’t need to be fancy, mine is an old orange juice container. If it helps, you can make lines up and down the side and mark times to drink the water by to help you keep on track.

  3. We all go out to happy hour from time to time, so make sure you keep taking in that precious H2O. About one glass of water every one or two drinks should keep you relatively hydrated as long as you have been following the first two rules.