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The Anatomy of a Boxer

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Water makes up a large percentage of the human body.  When you break it down and examine each part individually, you can quickly see how important hydration is to proper athletic function and sports performance.

So let’s look at each body part and how their “water-health” correlates with what you do in the ring.

Water – It Does a Body Good

Ready for some big, eye-opening, earth-shattering workout advice for this summer season?  Be sure to drink plenty of water.  Bet you’ve never heard that before, but before you dismiss it as the same ‘ole rhetoric, consider this…If you don’t drink enough fluids, not only will you become dehydrated, but you will also experience from some significant, NEGATIVE training implications.  Drinking enough water isn’t only about quenching your thirst.  It’s also about maximizing your training efforts and your performance.

Wet Your Whistle

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Oh yeah! The virtues of H2O. It’s time to praise them again.

Your total body weight is made up of approximately 50% water, with as much as 75% contributing to your muscle mass, so there’s no denying the importance it plays for an athlete.  It’s vital not only to the average human being, but especially a fighter who is constantly drawing on those reserves in order to perform at peak.

Flush the System

According to a recent study published in Obesity, drinking two eight-ounce glasses of water 30 minutes before meals caused participants to drop 44 percent more weight in 12 weeks time than dieting alone. Use this trick, along with a good diet, to feel fuller faster and consume less calories. Most fighters’ instincts, when cutting weight, is to avoid water, but water actually helps flush the system and encourages weight loss.

Spencer Ward is a Nutritionist with the Acupuncture Center in Overland Park KS.

Thirsty for the Truth?

With constant ads running on TV for products such as Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, etc; it’s no surprise that sports drinks are a billion dollar industry. When we see our sports heroes score that winning goal, make that slam dunk, or run it in for touchdown, and follow it with a big gulp of whatever liquid beverage they are promoting, it’s no wonder why the success of these companies is so monumental. We naturally associate Eli Manning’s mind-blowing touchdown with his TV pitch. And think that, if I drink the same thing, I can be like “that guy” or to achieve similar results.  Even if we don’t think we think it…we do think it. We unconsciously assume that these products contain what our bodies need to achieve optimum health, recovery, and physical performance, when the reality is, that this could not be farther from the truth.