Successful e-commerce entrepreneurs have the benefit of a portable office. All they need is a connection to cyberspace, and they’re in business.

However, when they’re doing business online, they’re not exactly portable themselves. Serious spells of stationary positions are usually the norm.

The term sessile enters their vocabulary as an occupational hazard. This is why we have a Health section. Gotta be in shape to enjoy the Dot Com lifestyle.

We also have a firm belief that wellness is best based on easily accessible and achievable routines with the discipline to maintain them.

As we’re all well aware, there’s substance to the saying that you are what you eat. By extension, then, there should be even more gravitas to the point that you’re really what you drink.

That’s because our body composition includes as much as 60% water.

As you can see, you don’t need to drink all that water to get the optimum amount for maintaining your body’s peak performance.

Here are some of the benefits:

1. Your metabolic rate will spike.

Fitness blogger Heidi Powell believes water is essential in a rational weight loss program, not to mention weight and toning maintenance afterward.

She says if the human body consumes 16 ounces of water in a given hour, the metabolic rate will spike by as much as 30% for the next 30 to 40 minutes.

By committing to drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day — you can do your metric conversions here — research indicates you can expect to lose more weight.

Powell adds that there’s a single enzyme — called lipase — that must be activated in order to eliminate fat. Water is one of the many necessary components in the activation of lipase.

2. Your workouts improve on a cellular level.

Personal trainer, holistic nutritionist, and health coach Kara Griffin is the key to healthy, well-functioning cells and advise going to help with exercise on a cellular level.

Studies have shown dehydration most negatively affects endurance exercise, so make sure you’re hydrated during a long run. Strength and power workouts — think CrossFit — are less affected by dehydration, but studies have shown some detriment to or lack in performance.

Staying hydrated will increase performance across all exercise forms, but chugging water before a workout can not only cramp you up but also can make you feel more sluggish and less focused on the task at hand.

Drink a glass of water 20-30 minutes before your next workout and take little sips throughout if needed to get you closer to your personal peak performance.

Water bonds to glycogen, creating an energy reserve in your muscle.

Thus, without water, you’re less capable of storing energy because:

  • there’s less oxygen in the muscle,
  • less blood flow when you’re dehydrated, and
  • less delivery and bonding of glycogen to create the energy needed.

3. You cut unnecessary calories from your diet.

First of all, drinking the recommended amount of water will replace sugary drinks.

Then, as mentioned in the video above, water also comes from what you eat. You naturally up your water intake by eating clean, unprocessed, whole fruits and vegetables. Watermelon, for instance, is 93% water.

Drinking enough water and eating whole fruits and veggies also means you’re cutting processed foods that usually have high sodium content.

Salt stimulates the appetite but also makes you retain water, causing you to eat more and bloat from the water you’ve been drinking throughout the day. Without the salt, the water will help with intestinal motility and urination, two ways your body releases toxins.

The biggest takeaways here are:

  • that  mythical gallon of water for better health doesn’t have to be a gallon at all, and
  • a healthy diet will contribute to your daily total.

Just be sensible and spread your intake throughout your schedule.

Think of water as nature’s ultimate health drink. Your body will be glad you did.

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