Water and hydration is crucial for athletic success and human movement. For the ability to allow our body to age gracefully and perform at optimal levels we must stay hydrated. But how much do you understand the ability of the body to hydrate itself and what can we do to further improve our ability for increased hydration.
We need to MOVE! And we need to move in a variety of ways. This truly is the key to improving hydration through our system. Drinking enough water throughout the day is only one step in a healthy level of hydration. Our fascial system is a connection of tissue throughout our entire body. Think of it as a net or a spider web of Soft tissue that surrounds and wraps around all structures of the body. It’s a connection system and is also an enormous store of water in the body.
Thomas Myers The originator of the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians explains through the Anatomy Trains website that “Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together. You are about 70 trillion cells all humming in relative harmony; fascia is the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that hold them all together in their proper placement.”
We need to get water into the tissue by moving the body and the movement needs to vary to allow the fascia system that weaves its way through the body to be hydrated. As we move and exercise water is squeezed in and out of tissue. Without moving in a variety of ways the water we drink throughout the day has less of a chance to hydrate us efficiently. The less we move, the more “stiffer” we feel. This restriction or tightness may also happen due to inflammation and injury and usually the Fascia is ignored as a main cause of pain. Thomas Myers (Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapist) explains that fascia has 10 times as many nerve endings as there is in muscle. This is an important fact for individuals looking to reduce pain, inflammation and improve recovery.
For the athlete who ignores recovery and trains heavy on a regular basis you must be reminded that this training drives water out of the tissue which may lead to an increase in that feeling of stiffness. Recovery should be doubled in the form of sleep, nutrition, massage or whatever options help you recover to an optimal level. This is important for athletes looking to reduce their risk of non contact sport related injuries. Keeping the soft tissue healthy is a great way to reduce the risk.
What are easy steps to improve hydration?
Move your body in a variety of different movement patterns!
RECOVER with enough sleep & clean nutrition.
Incorporate additional recovery choices like Massage, relaxation & stress reduction options.