14 October 2023
Earlier this year I started doing a tonne of running to raise money for The Children’s Foundation Charity. I’ve never done so much running in my life and I’m now approaching the 350 mile mark! Hopefully, I will be on schedule by Christmas Eve to hit my 500-mile goal as promised. If you can spare a few pounds, every penny is worth it.
However, I am writing this post because there is one huge thing I have noticed whilst I have been training, the one thing I have noticed that has really helped me through a lot of the earlier struggles I had with cramps, exhaustion and recovery. Water!
Water is often referred to as “the elixir of life,” and for good reason. Its importance cannot be overstated, and there are numerous reasons why water is exceptionally good for your health and well-being, especially when it comes to running and hitting those really uncomfortable zones that you’re not used to.
Since starting the charity run I never planned anything. I went out and ran or jumped on a treadmill and ran and sometimes for 6 or 7 miles, I ran without water before, during and after and honestly, it killed me! I felt drained and tired and I turned to energy drinks to get myself back on track. Big mistake! I felt like shit for the remainder of the day.
I read a few articles about the whole thing, some of those from Mens Health and quite a few from Olympic athletes and a lot of them spoke about water and hydration, especially with water-based supplements such as AG1.
My 5-year-old son has now started a lot of football training and the one thing I do before, during and after is prep his water intake. Drink water kids, it has a profound impact on your well-being, even if you don’t train.
From some basic reading I found;
Our bodies are composed of approximately 60% water, and every cell, tissue, and organ relies on it to function optimally. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, brain fog, and reduced physical performance. My journey toward understanding the transformative power of water began with a simple commitment to staying well-hydrated. By making a conscious effort to drink enough water throughout the day, I noticed an immediate increase in my energy levels.
Water serves as the body’s natural detoxifier. It helps flush out toxins, waste products, and metabolic byproducts, ensuring that our systems run smoothly. As I incorporated more water into my daily routine, I felt like I was giving my body a fresh start. The sense of internal cleansing translated into a newfound mental clarity and alertness that I hadn’t experienced before.
Staying well-hydrated has been crucial in my pursuit of physical fitness. Whether it’s hitting the gym, going for a run, or practising yoga, water has become my reliable workout companion. It helps regulate my body temperature, lubricates my joints, and ensures my muscles function at their best.
Beyond its physical benefits, water has a calming and therapeutic effect on the mind. Whether it’s sipping a warm cup of herbal tea or simply sitting by a tranquil lake, water has the power to reduce stress, anxiety, and restlessness. The sound of flowing water or the gentle rhythm of raindrops can transport me to a state of profound relaxation, recharging my mental energy and helping me find inner peace. I’ve been a member of David Lloyds Clubs for over 3 years and it is 1 thing I won’t let go of regardless of the cost.
Water isn’t just a basic necessity; it’s a powerful source that has the potential to change your energy and your life. By recognising the significance of proper hydration, internal cleansing, physical endurance, and the therapeutic effects of water, I’ve discovered a renewed sense of vitality and clarity that continues to fuel my journey.
So, the next time you take a sip of water, remember the incredible potential it holds to transform your energy and revitalise your body and mind.