In the next 5 days, I am going to share 5 simple tough mudder training tips that will ensure a successful completion of the Tough Mudder Race. These tips are simple because they are a necessary part of our every day lives. So check back each day for a simple tough mudder training tip.
Day Two: More Water
- 75% of our muscles consist of water.
- The brain is 90% water.
- Bone structure is 22% water.
- Blood is 83% water.
Every cell in our body has a need for water. The quickest way to becoming a tough mudder is water. It is vital to any training program.
What are the benefits of water?
- Water regulates body temperature.
- Lubricates joints.
- Moistens the lungs.
- Protects vital organs.
- Increases Metabolism.
- Cures Headaches.
- Helps back pain.
- Increases Productivity.
- Aids Digestion.
- Relieves Fatigue.
- Increase mental functions.
- Makes you Happy.
How Much Water?
As you can see, water is the greatest asset to a healthy human body. So how much water should be consumed daily? A gallon a day is my goal. I am five foot ten inches and weigh two hundred pounds. I exercise three to five times a week at an intense rate. When I drink a gallon of water a day everything in my life is better. When my body is happy, I am happy. There is an easy way to calculate how much water you should be drinking every day.
Take your body weight and divide it by two and that is how many ounces you should be drinking every day. Example: weight: 200 lbs / 2 = 100 oz of water. A gallon is 128 oz. According to this basic calculation I am drinking 28 oz more than I need each day. But if I take in account for perspiration, climate and altitude one gallon is just about right. That is my goal. When I drink more water my tough mudder training is much easier. I work harder and become stronger quicker.
Athletic Benefits of Drinking Water
Water is our vehicle of transportation for our body. Most of our insides are made of water and we need it to aid the transportation of nutrients. Blood transports oxygen, nutrients and hormones (HGH) to all the other parts of the body. The nutrients required for growth and repair of our muscles are also transported through the blood by the aid of water. A good amount of water each day is required to keep this process working properly. It is estimated that 2% lower body fluids will decrease performance by 15-20%. OUCH! Did you read that? Ever have those days where you just couldn’t run as far or lift as much? How is your water intake? Is there any correlation between your hydration and your ability and attitude during work outs? I bet there is. Pay attention to it and you’ll find water is an easy way to increase your physicality.
If you are spending time exercising but are not drinking the correct amount of water, then you are working against yourself. Water aids endurance, muscle growth and metabolism. Yes, it will help you loose weight! Water metabolizes excess fat. A glass of cold water every hour will continue or restart the digestion function. It will also use energy to heat up the water for use in other bodily functions. A cold glass of water = fat loss. See how easy it is.