Okay, I know you have heard this a million times by now- it’s been beaten into your heads over and over so I will get it out of the way. DRINK MORE WATER! We should be consuming half our body weight in ounces of water every day. Our muscles cells are 75% water, and blood contains about 83% water. Even at 1% dehydration, an athlete suffers a significant decrease in performance. Water is vital to many physiological processes that foster superior athletic performance. Without the optimal functioning of these processes, muscle tissue and neurological recovery will be slower.