8 Reasons Drinking More Water Is The Key To Reaching Your Fitness Goals

by Alexis DiZenzo

We've read the the blogs and health magazines, and we've watched Dr. Oz.

But we still tend to take the importance of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day for granted.

Carrying a giant jug of water around all day is tedious, and we'd all rather sip a venti chai tea from Starbucks than boring, flavorless water.

Water may not provide us with the caffeine that coffee does, but it provides us with many other nutrients and health benefits we truly need.

Water is so obtainable. We take for granted the fact that we can easily obtain clean drinking water that provides us with so many benefits.

Drinking water is essential to our everyday lives.

1. Water helps the maintenance and balance of body fluids.

Our bodies are composed of 60 percent water.

Drinking water throughout the day helps maintain these fluids, and makes sure we are staying in check with our 60 percent.

2. Water helps with calorie control.

Drinking water is used as a weight loss strategy because it helps you feel full more quickly, thus causing you to consume fewer calories.

Also, eating foods with higher water content will require a slower digestion process, causing you to feel fuller longer.

3. Water is good for your muscles too.

Water energizes the muscles.

Muscle cells need to be filled with fluids in order to perform at their best.

When your muscles are not filled with the right amounts of fluids, they tend to shrivel and not work to the best of their ability.

4. Water keeps your skin looking its best.

When your your skin is dehydrated, wrinkles and lines are more noticeable.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day will help keep your skin hydrated and looking its best.

Over time, drinking lots of water will help your skin maintain its perfection.

5. Water maintains kidney function.

Our kidneys are responsible for processing 200 quarts of blood each day.

In order to do that efficiently, the kidneys need to be supplied with lots of fluids.

6. Water is actually better for fighting off fatigue than coffee.

Who knew, right?

Dehydration is a common symptom of tiredness.

Drinking water first thing in the morning will help hydrate you.

It'll get you feeling your best in order to start your day.

7. Water is a brain booster.

Studies have shown that water promotes greater thinking.

Water can help your brain feel refreshed, ready to think and learn.

8. Water helps fight sickness.

Drinking lots of fluids can help with decongestion.

Water also provides you with the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy immune system.

It may seem difficult to find the time in your busy schedule to drink a lot of water, but it's so worth it.

Drinking eight glasses of water can be easy if you find a scheduled routine and stick to it.

Buying cute water bottles and tumbler cups will make drinking water more fun.

I recently purchased a 24-ounce Starbucks tumbler, and it's decorated with the cutest black and floral lace print.

It matches my attire, and it has become the perfect fashion accessory.

The best part is, it's an incentive for me to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Once you find your awesome water cup or bottle, set a schedule for how often you should refill it.

A good rule of thumb is this: Every time you get up from your desk or leave your room to use the bathroom, go and fill your cup up.

It will be easy to remember because you'll be using the bathroom so often thanks to all the drinking you'll be doing.