Your body requires water for proper cell function. Getting enough water is an important part of maintaining your health, particularly while taking part in any type of physical activity. Whether you are enjoying yoga, dance, or a Pilates workout, it’s essential to maintain good hydration before, during, and after your workout.
The human body needs water to regulate temperature. During exercise, your body temperature rises; to compensate for this increase in temperature, your body releases water as sweat. When you sweat, the sweat evaporates on your skin, causing you to feel cooler and bringing your body temperature back down. Drinking water during and after your workout will help to replace the water lost as sweat to maintain your body’s other functions.
Water plays a vital part in the transportation of nutrients throughout the body—in fact, your blood is made up of approximately 92% water. When blood circulates through the body, it carries oxygen from your lungs and nutrients from your stomach to your organs. Your body also uses water to transport nutrients through cell membranes, allowing them to derive energy from the foods you eat. Thus, water lost through the sweating process must be replaced by drinking water during and after exercise to maintain proper metabolic function.
Dehydration occurs when the body doesn’t have enough water to function properly. The effects of dehydration can vary from mild to severe, depending on the amount of water lost. Even mild dehydration can cause symptoms such as headaches, poor coordination, and loss of concentration. These symptoms not only cause discomfort, they can also affect your physical performance and reduce the benefits of taking part in physical activity.
At the Animas Center of Tucson, we offer adult and children’s classes in dance, yoga, and fitness. Please visit our website to learn more about maintaining your health and wellness through physical activity and a healthy diet. You can also learn more about our staff, our classes, and our upcoming schedule by calling (520) 989-0766.