Before you jump right into your workout routine, you might want to think about keeping track of one very important part of exercise: water. Your body is made up of mostly water and water weight. If you lose even just 1% of your water weight you are considered to be in a state of dehydration. If you lose more than that, you need medical attention. OK, so sounds a bit serious, but the point is, watch out! You’re gonna lose water weight naturally every day whenever you sweat or urinate. This is all a part of your body’s daily function and you can’t really avoid it. It is necessary to drink water. One way to tell if you’re dehydrated is looking at the color of your urine. If it is a dark yellowish color, you’re in need of water. Another way is to look at the state of your skin and eyes. If they are dry and irritated, you need more water.

Skin and eyes need moisture to function properly. Without water you can start to feel tired, hard to concentrate, and even multiple headaches. If you continue to ignore the signs, you may have problems with your kidney, liver, and muscles. As long as you keep up your water intake, you can look and feel younger. Of course, as with everything your body takes in, too much water can be toxic. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. That is absolutely right and you should be careful not to drink too much water. While you may find all kinds of advice about the amount of water you should drink on a daily basis, use your own judgment. There is no need to force eight glasses down every single day, for example, if you don’t feel comfortable and your body doesn’t want to accept any more. Avoid the signs of dehydration and drink at a comfortable level and you should be good. Your body will thank you for keeping it properly hydrated.

Now if you’re one of those people who just find water boring and can’t stand its plain taste, there are still options for you. You can try adding a lemon wedge or a bit of fruit juice. And if you are a heavy coffee and/or tea drinker, remember that those beverages cause you to get rid of more water than taking in so you’ll have to make up for it by drinking more water after. Include this precaution with alcohol.

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