Water plays a significant role in our body’s everyday functions that help us concentrate, make decisions, and exercise in ways that move us toward healthy goals. While we may not recognize how water benefits our movements, understanding the importance of drinking enough water when exercising can help make consuming more fluids easier.

The most vital health benefits of drinking water during your workout include the following:

  • Lubricating your joints: Stretching, running, and lifting can come more easily to those who drink enough water before, during, and after exercising. Getting enough fluids into the body can help lubricate our joints so they can move fluidly when working toward a new personal record in the gym.
  • Regulating body temperature: Staying hydrated can keep you from overheating. Sweating and moving quickly can make it easy to feel like your body is warming up. Luckily, drinking water during an exercise can cool you down so you can comfortably finish your goals for the day.
  • Transporting nutrients: Getting in a nutritious meal before exercising is an excellent step in the right direction toward a healthy lifestyle. Drinking water before, during, and after your workout can help the body transport these essential nutrients to your organs so you can feel your best all day long.

During a workout, your body needs water to move and sweat. Without the necessary amount of water, you may experience the following symptoms of dehydration:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Extreme thirst
  • Muscle cramps
  • Heat cramps and injuries
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting and loss of consciousness
  • High heart rate and low blood pressure

While everyone’s body requires different amounts of water to stay comfortably hydrated based on various physical factors, you should drink enough water before you feel thirsty since these symptoms can affect your daily routine, even after working out.

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Tight Hips? Do these 3 Yoga Stretches to Loosen your Hips #hipexererices

Open your flow of energy and meridians that run up and down your body to feel oh so good!

Did you know you have over 20 muscles that cross the hip?

A collection of inner thigh muscles known as the adductors, the collection of outer thigh muscles known as the abductors, the hip flexors in front, deep lateral rotators in back, and more. 

Tight hips affect your ability to simply bend over to pick up something up from the floor.

Hip openers improve your range of motion and circulation and decreased back pain. Hip stretches also keep the joints and muscles in good alignment.

Yogic tradition holds the hips as a storage ground for negative feelings and unaddressed emotions. Hip-opening can create space for the birth of new ideas. Loosening the hips can create an energetic shift or release as well.

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How to Strengthen your Arms and Shoulders, 3 times a week!

If you don’t lift heavy things, your arms and shoulders muscles will get weak.

Do you want to rely on asking someone else to pick up heavy items for you?

As I am out and about in the community, kind people will offer to help me lift items.

No thank you, I can do it. It may take a little longer and I enjoy the practice.

“If you don’t use it, you lose it”

Here is a 4-minute video with arm and shoulder strengthening exercises.

Practice playfully 3 times a week. 🦾

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Greetings 🌲 Have you been out for forest bathing lately?

There are happy healing benefits to be out of our buildings, under the sky with our feet on the earth instead of on concrete.

People who spend time in the forest experience decreased cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which can help relieve high blood pressure, heart conditions, skin conditions, and asthma.

By reducing stress levels your body’s natural immunity defense systems are able to work their magic. 🌍

Trees release oils into the air, called phytoncides, and inhaling these natural essences can actually help to boost your immune system.

Take little steps to greater health with a walk in the woods, at the Baylands or at the beach. 🐋

My longtime friend, Ilona and I take walks together about once a week.

She is a good videographer, and we like sharing stretches so you can radiate good feelings in your body, mind and heart. 

Watch our video and answer the question in YouTube comment section!

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