Week 6: Water, Good for Your Body, Inside and Out

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | March 27th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness

Woman swimming

Summer is coming and this week I would like to invite you to put your focus on water. Whether that water is on the inside or outside of your body — it’s going to do you tons of good.

Drinking enough water when starting a new exercise program actually helps you burn more fat, and if that wasn’t enough, it also makes us less bloated. When you’re properly hydrated, the body doesn’t have to hold on to water, so bloating and water retention diminishes. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. I squeeze some lemon juice in my water to make it more attractive to my senses.

It’s also the perfect time to think about water aerobics and swimming. Water takes pressure off of the joints and ligaments, which makes water-based exercises perfect if you are overweight, have knee or other joint issues, or if you are pregnant, swimming is something you can do safely. Since you are moving your whole body while swimming, you’re doing one of the best fat-burning cardio exercises there is. Swimming can also be a meditative workout. The repetitive motions, cutting through the water while it caresses the body, breathing in and out, can help you release the tension and clear the mind. Finally, swimming trains your lungs to work more efficiently, which makes the whole experience a well-rounded, highly effective workout.

Week 5 assignment: Drink up and dive in

This week, hydrate! Drink water throughout the day, and especially before, during and after working out. Can’t get into drinking that much regular water? Try adding a splash of lemon or lime juice and/or some cut fruit or veggies. (We love water with sliced cucumbers!) Do you notice a difference in how you feel when you drink plenty of water? In how your skin looks?

I’d also like you to try and make it to the pool for a water workout. It can be an indoor pool or, if it’s warm enough where you live, and outdoor pool. (Just make sure to slather on some natural sunscreen first!) Swim a few laps. Enjoy the experience with all of your senses, knowing that it is one of the best workouts you will have this week. How does being in the water make you feel? Is this the workout you’ve been waiting to find for a truly joyful fitness experience?

Let me know how it goes and Live Life Loud!


Missed a week in our 10-week body/mind makeover program? Get back on track!

Week 1: Get Motivated and Add Exercise

Week 2: Learn to Love Food

Week 3: Make Fitness Fun Again

Week 4: Feel the Love and a Better Body Image

Week 5: Hit the Weights

Week 6: Water, Good for Your Body, Inside and Out

Week 7: Breathe and Reboot

Week 8: Rock Star Intervals

Week 9: The Three T’s!

Week 10: Putting it All Together

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  1. It is so strange that I stumbled upon this blog today. I had been feeling a little off track this week– lack of sleep, stress, and consuming much more sugar than usual. I had been striving all week to treat each day with a fresh and balanced start, but it hadn’t worked out until today when I started drinking lots of water. I’m already feeling much more calm and at ease. In yoga and meditation there is constant attention to the breath, but I believe water also has an important role in the mind-body connection.

    JLR | May 9th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. I agree that water is good for you inside and out, and I enjoy aqua classes and water walking.
    But water is NOT so good for you when it contains pool chemicals that are absorbed by your body. There needs to be far more discussion about pool chemicals and their alternatives (example: ozone).

    justsomeguy | April 1st, 2012 | Comment Permalink

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