Editor’s Note: Injury prevention and wellness handouts are an effective (and inexpensive) way to educate and motivate employees to use good work practices and take care of their bodies.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for the free Wellness Handout PDF file.
Strategies to prevent musculoskeletal disorders decrease fatigue and increase recovery of the musculoskeletal system.
Without proper hydration it is difficult for the body to properly recover, resulting in increased risk of an MSD incident.
Making sure employees are aware of the benefits of hydration is the first step to ensuring they stay properly hydrated.
The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, and air, exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend if only you are willing, Your mind they’ll ease, Your will they’ll mend and charge you not a shilling.
– Wayne Fields
Water plays a vital role in all cellular activities, transporting essential vitamins and minerals at the cell level throughout the body. If your body becomes dehydrated, the capability of your transport system is compromised, and you will lose strength and energy.
Lack of water can cause metabolic waste and by-products like lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia and other toxins to accumulate in our soft tissues. You don’t want your soft tissues to accumulate with these toxins.
Drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day will ensure that all this junk is properly flushed out.
Health benefits of proper hydration
- Water helps remove toxins that lead to inflammation.
- Water increases the immune system and helps prevent movement system disorders.
- Water increases the lubrication of joints and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.
- Water gives your muscles an energy boost.
- Water helps to prevent heart disease and stroke by helping to prevent blockage of arteries.
- Water enhances brain function and helps prevent memory loss.
- Water improves skin health and outside appearance.
How much water does our body need?
Many recommend 8-10 glasses of water per day as a good measure. But all people are not created equal, so we should probably do a little better than that. To determine how much water your body needs, you can take your body weight and divide that number by 2.
That’s how many ounces of water you need every day!
You may need more than this amount when you perspire more, like on a hot summer day.
Question: “Do cola drinks count, it’s liquid and mostly water right?”
Answer: Your body yearns for clean and pure water. We recommend that you stay away from liquid junk.