Exercising is an essential premise for healthy living but it is also a sign that, as the summer approaches, we begin to be much more concerned about what we eat and increase the time we spend exercising to be able to look good during the months of good weather.

We are often told about the value of drinking water to stay hydrated. And the fact is that water represents more than half our body weight. We lose it when we perspire, breathe and when we go to the bathroom. That is why it is important to keep ourselves hydrated throughout the whole day. According to experts, it is advisable to drink one to two litres of water a day in the case of women, and 2.5 litres for men.

Our body needs water to survive, as it is required for the proper functioning of all of our cells, tissues and organs, helping us to maintain our body temperature, flush out toxins and keep our joints lubricated.

The people most at risk of dehydration are the elderly, children, sportsmen and women involved in high-intensity activities, those with health problems and those unable to consume sufficient fluids throughout the day.

If you are a sports enthusiast or are starting a sport now that summer is approaching, it is important to remember that during exercise, in addition to water, it is also advisable to drink some form of isotonic drink that is rich in mineral salts, as it provides the body with sodium and carbohydrates to repair muscle damage and regain the level of electrolytes that are also lost through perspiration.

The number one rule for this time of year, however, is to make sure you keep drinking water and stay hydrated to maintain good health and stay in tip-top form throughout the day.