Staying hydrated is one of the most important things when it comes to being active, especially running. It gives you energy, and ensures that you’re maintaining a liquid balance in your body. According to Christa Miller at Livestrong, stay hydrating benefits you in these four ways:
Better overall health
Staying hydrated helps you get rid of toxins and waste that could potentially build up in your body.
Improved body temperature regulation
You’re at risk of overheating your body is you don’t drink enough fluids especially during a workout.
Increased body lubrication
Just think about all the fluid that makes up our body and the structures in it that need to be surrounded by fluid.
Improved weight maintenance
Drinking soda as opposed to water can add unnecessary calories to your body which lead to weight gain.
There’s not a specific amount of water that you need to drink everyday but it is often encouraged that drinking 8 glasses of water a day will ensure that you’re getting the right hydration you need to keep a balance in your body. Think of your body as a bank; you never want to take out more than you’re putting in. When you’re sweating and releasing water, it’s important to make sure you have enough to actually release and that you are constantly replenishing.