Are your muscles... thirsty??
Do you currently follow a strength/weight training program?
Did you know that your muscles are 70% water?
When you begin strength training, your muscles will begin to store water, leading to increased strength.
It has been shown through research that increased water consumption hydrates your muscles, which will boost protein synthesis (growth) and reduce protein breakdown. Plus, as an added bonus, it will also increase virus resistance and slow down the aging process! As if that wasn't enough to get you guzzling more H2O, here are 4 more reasons why your muscles need water to grow:
• Peak strength; you will see optimum strength with maximum hydration. If you're only drinking the minimum quantity of water, you could decrease your strength by 15%!
• Energy levels; when your body is dehydrated it will leave you feeling tired, weak, and lethargic. How can you perform at the gym feeling like that?
• Digestion; your body needs water to digest your food by helping to transport the appropriate nutrients to your body, which is especially important after your workout. I recommend a liquid protein post-workout!
• Decrease in injuries; water is the key ingredient in the fluid that lubricates your joints, synovial fluid. The more you consume, the better protected your joints and muscles are from sustaining an injury.
Now you're probably wondering, how much water should I be drinking to build muscle?
The old rule of thumb was, at minimum, 64 ounces of water per day. It is now being advised that we should take in 60% of our body weight in fluid ounces per day.
And guess what? Coffee and tea do count!!
If you do not have a current strength/weight training program in place, I would suggest starting one now, and remember to drink lots of fluids, especially water!
It is a life-giving nutrient... why neglect it?