I used to be horrible at drinking water - I could get through meals without taking a sip of liquid, and when I exercised til there was no tomorrow, the idea of keeping hydrated never flashed through my mind.
Knowing how bad this habit was for my health, about a year ago I decided to put myself through a water challenge.
The deal was I had to drink 60 ounces of water every day for 6 months straight (with 7 forgiveness days - life is busy so I thought it would be more realistic if I gave myself a few days to slip-up on my daily goal). The reward - laser hair-removal so I would never have to shave my legs again (how awesome is that?)! You had better believe I reached that goal.
I immediately reaped the results of all this water drinking - I had fewer headaches, more energy, my skin was not as dry, and my nails did not break as often. Can't beat that, right?
The benefits to getting your daily-recommended water in do not stop there - here are some other benefits:
1. You can increase your loss of body fat (definitely helpful if you are trying to lose weight).
2. You may experience less back pain and muscle spasms.
3. You will not feel as hungry at meal times (sweet deal for weight loss purposes).
4. You will lower your chance of getting infections.
5. Your skin will be healthier.
6. It keeps your brain working well (that's where the fewer headaches come into play).
7. Toxins will be flushed out of your body better.
8. You may be less likely to have a heart attack
You are probably wondering how much water you should be drinking per day, right? So, here's the deal (according to most experts nowadays):
1. Take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half - this is how many ounces of water you should be drinking per day (140 pounds = 70 ounces of water per day).
2. Drink an extra 8 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of physical activity you do.
3. Drink an equal amount of water when drinking alcohol.
4. Drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you are traveling on an airplane.
5. If you live in the desert, drink an extra 16 ounces of water per day (YIKES!).
The benefits of drinking lots of water are just too good to be true.
So drink up!