It was a hot day and I was at a family function with my big tough cowboy uncle. When you see a man standing at about six foot two with a cowboy hat and hands as rough as sand paper you expect to see a gallon of water. Not this cowboy. He was drinking from a little bitty green glass water bottle. It was a Perrier water. I was confused.
I wanted to find out what the big deal was with this water so I got a bottle of my own. It felt great drinking the sparkling water from the little green bowling pin shaped bottle. It wasn’t the water itself, the water didn't taste any different to me than any other sparkling water. It was the bottle, the bottle made it a quality experience.
Quality is something that just about everyone can recognize but its really hard to define. I have no idea what makes that tiny bottle of water so special but theres something about it that makes you wanna drink more.
What this have to do with working out? Hydration and finding a quality gym and trainer. You gotta stay hydrated and sometimes you need some good quality help.
Your body is made up of about 70 percent water so hydration is key. Dehydration can rob you of your ability to perform at your highest level. Being well hydrated helps keep your joints lubricated, your spinal discs cushioned, and your muscle and skin supple.
Another benefit of proper hydration is that it can keep your weight down. Sometimes when you think you’re hungry you may simply be thirsty. Drinking water throughout the day will help to reduce hunger.
You should drink about half your weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weigh 150 pounds you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. A good way to know if you are properly hydrated is to take notice of the color of your urine. If it looks like a Monster Energy drink you need to drink more water. If it looks like lemonade you’re probably pretty well hydrated.
When you exercise you should drink more water than when you aren’t. It can be helpful to weigh yourself before and after a hard workout and drink an ounce of water for every ounce of weight you lose during your workout.
Another important thing to consider is that drinking caffeine or alcohol can reduce your hydration. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics: they draw water out of your body. So make sure to drink water between your glass of whiskey or your cup of coffee.
Once you’re hydrated you’re ready to go to the gym. It’s important to find a gym where you see the value and quality. Finding a gym that you like can be the difference between reaching your goals and not.
At different times in my workout career I have passed up as many five gyms on my way to the gym where I wanted to workout. When people would ask me I had no intelligible response for them. I liked it and it had a quality that I couldn’t define.
If you want to succeed at getting in shape make sure you stay hydrated and find the Perrier bottle of gyms. If you need extra help make sure you find a trainer who knows their stuff and actually cares about you.