Our bodies are made up of about 60% water. We need water to survive, in order for our bodies to function.
Good hydration is essential for physical and mental health.
It’s important to stay hydrated, not just during exercise, but at all times throughout the day.
Did you know recent studies have shown that more than 2/3 of children are dehydrated when they go to school in the morning?0>
Drinking more water helps you to concentrate and improve brain function. Studies have shown that by increasing our intake of water, we are able to think faster, be more focused and experience greater clarity and creativity. It also helps you to feel happier!
We often confuse hunger for thirst. Remaining hydrated throughout the day will help reduce your cravings for sugary snacks. Good hydration as well as healthy eating forms an important part of a balanced diet.
Our skin is approximately 64% water, so staying properly hydrated can help make you look, as well as feel better too!
Water is the most natural, healthy beverage you can drink. Its unique qualities and properties are what make it vital to life. It’s free from calories, fat, sugar, preservatives and additives.
Fizzy drinks and sugary juices are directly associated with rising levels of obesity, a number of serious health problems, as well as tooth decay. We should all try to cut down on sugar in our diet. Cutting out sugary soft drinks and drinking water is a good way to start.
Thirst is the first indicator of when we need to hydrate and for most people we should ‘drink when we’re thirsty.’ We’re not however always good at recognising the early signs of thirst.
Another indicator of whether we are adequately hydrated is urine colour. As a general rule of thumb, if you are healthy and well-hydrated, your urine will tend to be straw-coloured, and then it becomes progressively darker the more dehydrated we become.
When playing sport, or when the weather’s hot, we lose more body fluid and are more likely to become dehydrated (1-2% loss in body weight).
During exercise our bodies are working harder, requiring both physical and mental focus.
It’s important to ensure we’re hydrated before, as well as during and after exercise, otherwise your body will have a tougher time tolerating any temporary dehydration, having an adverse effect on your performance and recovery.
Water is the best first choice for healthy hydration before, during and after exercise.
Sports Drinks may contain sugar and citric acid providing unnecessary calories and contributing towards tooth decay and obesity. They may also contain caffeine, which can have many damaging effects in children and adolescents. Sports drinks can deliver additional salts, protein and vitamins. These are not needed and can be obtained in the required amounts from a healthy balanced diet without the need for supplements. Sports drinks are unnecessary in all but the most extreme training situations, therefore consumption is not recommended.
Although the amount of water we each need varies, depending on our age, gender, the weather and the amount of physical activity we’re doing; we should aim to drink between 6 to 8 glasses a day – more during exercise.
We should all try to increase our water intake in order to stay fit and healthy, reduce the risk of illness and improve our mental and physical performance.
Harrogate is the official water of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and proud to support grassroots cricket through sponsorship of NYSCA. The Yorkshire Schools Cricket Association has been the nursery for a host of talented young cricketers who later have enjoyed professional cricketing careers and achieved England status.
As part of our school’s partnership we have developed a Hydration Program, actively promoting the benefits of healthy hydration and encouraging students to ‘drink more water’ – not just during exercise, but as part of their everyday routine. At the NYSCA, water is the only permitted drink, immediately before, during and after play. The positive difference the young players have experienced through being well hydrated has been incredible…
‘Harrogate Spring Water have provided enough water this year to keep us going through all of our matches which has been vital for us to keep hydrated during the hot weather this summer’
‘When you’re batting with a helmet on, you can quickly become too hot and regularly drinking water keeps me alert!’
‘Since I started drinking more water during training, I have definitely felt my concentration has improved and I have more energy stamina. I know understand the importance of keeping hydrated in sport. Thanks Harrogate Spring Water!’
‘Since Harrogate Spring Water has been made available before, during and after our games, it’s really helped my concentration and alertness on the field. It has to be better than fizzy pop!’
‘As a leg spinning allrounder who loves to field, I have always felt very tired during the second half of matches and this has sometimes affected how well I bat or bowl, but this season I have felt I have more energy to perform during a 5-hour game thanks to staying more hydrated!’
‘I found that I had more energy and could keep concentrating for longer and this helped me get my first 50 for North Yorkshire at Durham’
‘Drinking lots of water has also helped at school as I find it easier to keep concentrating and this has helped my grades, which made mum and dad happy!’