The 12 Point Plan – 5. Water

Water, Fuel


Our first point for Fuel isn’t actually what you’re eating, but what you’re drinking.  There are so many possible negative side effects of being dehydrated that this needs to be eliminated before looking at what you’re eating.  Our bodies are made up of around 60% water and we can’t last more than a few days without it.  Losing only 2% of our bodyweight can reduce our physical performance by as much as 25%.

Benefits of drinking more water:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved performance
  • Improved digestion
  • Less headaches


Drink your Bodyweight (in Kg) x 0.025 litres of Water, per day

Helpful Tips:

Buy a glass water bottle (750ml/1litre).  Drink one by lunchtime and finish the other by the end of the day.

Drink plenty after training.

As for many of the 12 Points, how quickly you try and arrive at this goal depends on where your starting point is.  If you’re currently drinking very little water, although your need is probably greatest, it might be too much to go straight to the full amount.  You might like to set your goal to build towards this over several weeks in increments.