How much water have you drank today? This is one of the first questions I’ll ask when someone tells me that they want to lose weight, specifically body fat.

We know it’s important to drink plenty of water (more than 80oz. daily). This is common knowledge. It’s one thing to know, it’s another story to actually apply this habit to your daily life.

Christian’s top three reasons to drink plenty of water.     

1 Feel Better

Whether you’re coming off a ‘bad food’ weekend or had one too many glasses of wine the night before, jumpstart your detox by guzzling water. Maybe you aren’t one to eat poorly or occasionally booze it up, drinking plenty of water will certainly help you feel energetic and mentally alert.

We make good decisions when we feel good, specifically when it comes to our personal health. When you prioritize yourself, you send a strong message to your brain. This message demands that you do other things in your life that lead to lowering stress, anxiety, and bettering yourself.
Drink up and knock out that to-do list. Exercise. Scheduling a fun event to do over this weekend. Drink plenty of water and you will feel better.  

2 Vibrant Skin. You’re more attractive

There are plenty of studies that support the notion that drinking water makes you appear more attractive. This study in particular from the University of Wisconsin-Madison states just that. Your skin is an organ, just like your heart, lungs, and intestines. It needs water, amongst other vital nutrients, to remain strong and healthy.

If you don’t drink enough water, your skin will become dry, tight, and flaky. Without plenty of water your skin is prone to becoming wrinkly and appear dull. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of ANYONE who wants dull looking skin.

You should aim for at least 80oz of water (over 100oz if you weigh over 165lbs, a gallon if you’re over 200lbs like me) if you want better skin. Your skin is the last organ to receive the hydrative properties supplies by H20. The skin is deemed as ‘less essential’ to your survival than the heart, lungs, and organs of the digestive tract. This means water is distributed everywhere else in your body before reaching the skin.

Pah-leazzze, do not tell me you avoid drinking water because you don’t want to go use the bathroom 10+ times a day. At minimum, I’ll down a gallon of water (128oz) each day. I certainly hit the restroom 10 times. Avoiding water because you don’t want to frequently use the bathroom is a pathetic excuse. Trust me, It’s not a big deal.  A conscious decision not drink plenty of water clearly states you do not care about the health of your skin or your health.  

3 You can workout harder

Whether it’s in the gym, on the road, or in the pool, you can push your body harder when you’re hydrated. Many of my clients have knee pain/complexities. When they’re drinking plenty of water they get out a walk. They do their cardio and they feel great!

Weight issues disappear. They feel better in their clothes. They’re drinking plenty of water, thus they can push themselves harder with me. They feel great following the workout. They are  motivated to go for a walk or do some form of cardio quite a few times a week.

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When we consistently push our bodies to work hard, we feel better. When you drink plenty of water, not only does your skin appear more attractive, but you set the stage to workout consistently.

Proper hydration plus the solid habit of daily physical activity is a clear cut road to a more fulfilling life. In my strong opinion, a subtle yet selfish decision is improper care of yourself. When we do not take care of ourselves, our loved ones pay the price. Do not be a selfish person.

You know that you should be drinking plenty of water, so do it!