Water makes muscles more elastic!
By Paul Zaichik
Before you say, “yeah, yeah, yeah I know to drink 8 cups a day and live until a hundred. Boring, heard it all before” and close the page… your best bet would be to read on, for what you are about to learn may indeed not only broaden your circle of knowledge, but save your life.
I feel like the end of June is the perfect time to bring the topic of “water” to the attention of my fellow athletes.
We all heard
stories of dehydration. Temperature climbs over a hundred. A senior citizen
is taken to the emergency room due to a heat stroke. An overeager jogger
collapses experiencing muscle spasms while exercising. These stories go on and
I have to say that the majority of Martial Arts instructors do not have degrees in Exercise Physiology. What they do have is tradition. We can only hope that the tradition they follow is safe. For instance, when I was a student, my master never allowed his students to drink water. He would turn on the fan, and spray the water on every student, yet would not allow us to actually consume it. It was considered as “lack of self discipline” to drink during a workout session. I guess marathon runners don't have any discipline, for all I know.
all heard about the Special Operation Forces; they workout the whole day and
don't eat or drink. That may be true, but this type of training doesn't last
long. Few days, a week at most. However, most of us are not training for
special missions (although we sure do wish we were). We want to know how to
defend ourselves, or win a tournament. Going for a long time without water, is
not a requirement for us.
Oh, and let's not forget about shouting. Most martial arts styles yell, like there is no tomorrow. There goes water loss, and a lot of it. Lungs facilitate water loss, just as much as the next guy. Who is "kia- ing" now? Don't take my word for it. Remember what happens when you speak a lot? Long speeches make the throat mouth and lips dry. That's what most of us notice, but the train doesn't stop there. To hydrate those areas, water is drawn out of the muscles. No wonder your performance suffers. Remember drinking water is not only necessary to keep the mouth moist, but everything else as well.
About the Author:
Paul Zaichik is the founder of the Elastic Steel method of Athletic conditioning. http://www.elasticsteel.com He transformed many Eastern European Stretching and Gymnastic techniques to meet the needs of the modern martial artists. More and more students are practicing Paul’s techniques, acquiring great strength and flexibility in return.
Studying Exercise Science and Nutrition on the Undergraduate and Graduate level, Paul kept experimenting, combining the modern research with his own experience. Over the years Paul had developed many techniques, to meet individual needs of his students. Collectively those techniques became know as ElasticSteel.
The statements put force in this newsletter had not been evaluated by the FDA or the Main Stream Medical Community and is for investigative and informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before trying anything suggested in this and future newsletters, Paul Zaichik, ElasticSteel.com and its Affiliates, urge you to seek the advice of a Physician.