DRINKING WATER MAKES YOU FLEXIBLE
That’s right, drinking water makes you more flexible, READ the facts below:
Water is one of the most essential elements of life. Our bodies are made up of anywhere between 50-75% water. We can't live without it! Did you know that chronic dehydration is one of the leading causes for inflexibility? We've all been told at some point in our life that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day. That's a great place to start, but to make the quantity more accurate for your body and activity level, consider the suggestions later in this post.
Whether you're taking a brisk walk or running a 26-mile marathon, hydration and stretching are extremely important to preventing injury and to maintaining optimum fitness. However, there are many myths about both these things that have crept into most people's thinking.
According to Stretch to Win Center co-founder Ann Frederick, "Water is the single biggest factor to increasing flexibility from something you can take into your system. Forget foods, forget supplements; WATER it is."
In addition to regulating body temperature and acting as a cushion for tissues and organs, water helps transport oxygen and absorbs heat from the muscles. Frederick says, "The fascia layer [connective tissue surrounding the muscles] is supposed to glide across the muscular layer, but when the fascial tissue is dehydrated, it sticks [to the muscular layer]." The result: decreased range of motion, and, hence, an inflexible athlete.
In order to understand how water aids flexibility, below are four major points:
1. Hydrated Muscles are Flexible Muscles The human body is made up of 70% water, which means the muscles are also 70% water. When you’re dehydrated, muscles are dehydrated too, and they will not extend and contract in the way they are meant to when fully hydrated. Dehydration makes them inflexible. 2. Hydration Increases Strength Hydrated muscles are strong muscles. Strength is adversely affected by dehydration because if you don’t drink enough water your muscles will be deprived of electrolytes and cramp. You won’t have as much physical strength as you would if you were fully hydrated. 3. Proper Hydration Lessens Post-Exercise Soreness Dehydration during exercise can exasperate muscle soreness after workouts. That’s right folks! You will feel the post-exercise burn way more if you exercise on dehydrated muscles. So why does this happen? Lack of water dramatically affects the flow of oxygen in the blood and the removal of waste products from your body resulting in delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS which is the pain you often feel a day or two after working out. 4. Hydrated Joints are More Flexible Joints are lubricated by synovial fluid, an oily, water-based fluid that manufactured by your body to keep your joints functioning properly. So, what happens if your body has a lack of water? That’s right, you guessed it, the fluid is depleted, and joint stiffness is the result. And no one wants that, right?!
So, folks, no matter the nature of your fitness goals maybe remember to drink water adequately for flexibility
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