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KKKAREN
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11/13/12 8:28 A

I walk for an hour, 3 miles a day and don't drink water even though it is recommended. I drink before I go and after. Maybe you can find a water fountain in the park?



BTLSMUM
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11/13/12 8:16 A

Unless it was hot, I would likely not bring water along with me on a walk of that length. However, since you said it takes you about 20 minutes to walk a mile you might still want water since you'll be gone quite awhile. I have try to drink a certain amount of water daily and to do that I have to be drinking something every hour. If I was going to be walking for 1.5 hours or more, I'd need to keep up my consumption.



MLAN613
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11/13/12 8:05 A

I rarely bring water when I run outside and that includes long distances in summer. Correction: make that never. I can't stand the movement of the water bottle when in a belt and hate carrying anything in my hands. So, if I know it's warm and am planning a longer run, I try and plan a route that goes by a water fountain or two. And when I run races, I know they have planned water stops.

To alleviate your burning throat issue, I would suggest that you make sure you're properly hydrated before walking, especially if you know no water available and if you don't want to carry a bottle.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 11/13/2012 (08:07)


MOTIVATED@LAST
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11/12/12 5:29 P

The need for hydration during workouts is usually significantly overblown - blame marketing hype from beverage companies.

The body has enough reserves of water to comfortably handle 45 minutes or more of intense exercise in virtually any conditions. In hot or humid conditions, then drinking some water may be a good idea if you intend to work out longer than this.

But this is November, and walking is not "intense" exercise - you should not need any additional water for walking 3 miles/1 hour. Have a glass of water before you go, and perhaps another when you get back - that way you don't need to carry any with you.

I am a regular hiker and backpacker, and will often walk 20+ miles over rough terrain in a day - unless it is very hot, I will typically only go through 2-3 water bottles even over that distance.

M@L

Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 11/12/2012 (17:31)


DIDS70
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11/12/12 1:36 P

I carry my water with me as well no matter the season. If i don't necessarily drink it, it is a good counter weight and i do curls with it or swing it back and forth.

PSCHIAVONE2-- kids these days are extremely lazy. Most have grown in the computer age and their "thumbs" are in better shape as they need those to play the games. I think that is very sad. When I went to grade school and high school and there weren't water breaks. Now the kids complain when walking around the mall they are tired and thirsty. No stamina in kids anymore.



PCOLAGATOR
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11/12/12 12:58 P

I do in the summer because I live in Florida but I tend to just drink before and after during cooler weather



KALEXIAS
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11/12/12 11:51 A

I find that carrying a water bottle throws off my center of gravity, especially when running. If it's not too hot or dry out you should be fine for going to the park and back, just drink before and after. If you are feeling like your mouth is dry, try chewing long-lasting sugar free gum.



CHEETARA79
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11/12/12 11:35 A

Not usually. I prefer to drink water before and after and leave my hands free while I walk.



PSCHIAVONE2
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11/12/12 11:18 A

Never, I drink before and after. The only time I bring water is when I am hiking for more than 3 hours. When I was in high school, 30 years ago, we only had water every two hours at our football double sessions. Even when it was over 100 degrees. No one died, that is until recently, kids seem to be dropping like flies from workouts in the heat. What has changed?



KWOOD1955
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11/12/12 10:47 A

Always.



ZORBS13
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11/12/12 10:38 A

In the summer, I carry water even if I run 3 miles. In the winter, I'd only bring water if I was running 10 miles or more.

I don't ever walk so can't speak for that.



MPLANE37
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11/12/12 10:37 A

In winter no, in summer yes.



LUANN_IN_PA
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11/12/12 9:58 A

If driving, I bring a water bottle, but leave it in the car.

If not driving, I drink before I go, and as soon as I get home.



ECKOKITTEN
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11/12/12 9:41 A

When you are out walking do you bring a water bottle?

I am getting back into my plan and started walking. I am going slow but I walk down to a local park and then walk on their walking path. It is a smidge less then a mile to get to the park and then each loops around the path is 1/4 mile. So far I walk to the park, walk once around the path then walk home. So a bit less then 3 miles. I do like a 20 min mile, so I am not fast either yet.

I will build up more though :)

Anyways I was in a rush to get out of the house this morning since I over slept and didn't drink a think before I left! I didn't bring a water bottle with me either and half way through my throat was on fire I was sooo thirsty.

the park I go to is small and crappy it doesn't have bathrooms or a water fountain either.


I don't love the idea of carrying a water bottle, but at the same time I do get very very thirsty while walking. At the same time when i do bring water I drink alot and then have to pee so bad lol

I guess I am just curious as to what others do? Do you bring water with you or drink before/after?




 
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