Water is our best "life" friend and a caloric free drink. Last month, the First Lady of our country, Mrs. Obama, stopped by the New York area to promote the importance of water and how we need to incorporate more water into our everyday lives. She wants to really stress the importance of adding more water and less sugary drinks to our daily intake.
One of the greatest forms of exercising is performed in water - SWIMMING. Not only is this sport a great full body workout, it puts NO stress on your joints. Water creates a buoyancy for the human body to exercise in. So with NO pressure on any of our joints, we are allowed to move freely and possibly move parts of our body that have not been used in years. You might get a little sore, but that is not because of the pressure; muscles that you haven’t used in years are getting excited to join back in the race to keep you healthy.
The biggest muscle that will be happy about your swimming exercise is your HEART. The heart is a very important muscle helping the entire body to function properly. So treat your heart nicely by exercising it regularly to aid in the prevention of heart disease. Swimming will help you to walk longer and better, tone up your muscles, increase your flexibility. And believe it or not, you will just start eating better!
Facts about Water
So the next time you to go to pick up a sugary drink to quench your thirst, have a glass or bottle of water and help make a healthier you!
- About 60% of your body is made up of water
- Water helps maintain a healthy body weight by increasing your metabolism and regulating your appetite
- Water flushes out the waste in your body, and aids in digestion
- Water naturally moisturizes your skin from the inside out.
The daily recommended amount of water is 8 eight oz. cups per day. Foods do provide us with some water but it depends on how the foods are prepared.
- Water is also a GREAT aid to exercising