Health and Wellbeing

Water, water everywhere

So I recently read this article online that raved about the importance of water. It said:

Water

  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated (likely applies to half the world population).

  2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

  3. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.

  4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters, a U-Washington study showed.

  5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

  6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of suffers.

  7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or a printed page.

  8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t look after our body well enough. And a lot of the time in our busy lifestyles we aren’t even aware of what our body needs or wants. Exercise is essential in our lives but it puts a strain on our body and we should make sure we treat it well.

The department of health recommends that we should drink approximately 1.2 litres of water a day. Unless you are taking part in high level endurance sports (and that doesn’t include Zumba – even though it might feel like it sometimes!), drinking water is the healthiest and best way to replace the water your body has lost. But if you are ever in any doubt or have medical problems, always consult your doctor before exercising.

I couldn’t find a consistent answer on exactly how much you should drink during exercise because everyone sweats at a different rate. Take Jodie and I for example. Jodie is dripping with sweat by the end of the warm up, whilst i’m deciding if I’m warm enough to take off my jumper. Our bodies just function very differently.

There seems to be one good rule to apply – if you start to feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. So how do we spot dehydration? Look for the following signs:

  • feeling thirsty and lightheaded

  • having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine

  • passing urine less often than usual

You may have read that too much water can kill you – well it can. But as a wise person once said – “everything in moderation”‘. Be sensible about drinking water, keep yourself hydrated but don’t go crazy and over do it. Look for signs of dehydration and increase the amount of water you drink to combat this.

Want to read the technical details? Catch them here:http://hprc-online.org/nutrition/hprc-articles/files/exercise-and-fluid-replacement_acsm_position

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Welcome to our new health and well-being page. Over the coming months we will be posting plenty of top tips for getting the most out of your zumba classes. There’s a whole bunch of great reasons to get your exercise at a Zumba class. Do you know what the best bit is? It keeps you coming back – because it’s fun!

We thought we’d start off by showing you some of the great effects Zumba has on your body…

Benefits of Zumba

Isn’t that amazing?? If you do 3 Zumba classes a week you’ve practically danced your way from Yate to Bristol, burnt off over 1500 calories and that doesn’t even include the calories your body continues to burn in the hours after exercise), and if you keep it up regularly, increased your life span!!

Use the arrows below to look at what happens to you heart during a class:

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