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Drinking Water During Exercise

How Much Water Should I Drink When I Work Out?


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  • I Jazzercise for an hour three times a week and always carry a water bottle that holds 32 oz. (4 cups) of water with me. I sip on it before, during and after class and always finish the whole bottle before I go home. Ever since I joined Sparkpeople, I've religiously drunk my 8 glasses of water every day and can honestly say it has changed my life. I even keep a little chart on my refrigerator and make a check mark each time I drink a glass to make sure I get my 8 cups. Not only does it keep me hydrated, but it keeps my stomach from feeling empty. I've reached my goal and have maintained my desired weight for a year now and it's all due to Sparkpeople. Keep drinking that water!
  • The article points out that we should drink water a couple of hours before exercising, then some right before, then some right after. If I drink *lots* of water right before or in a chug-a-lug during exercise, I do get sick to my stomach. However, if I don't invest in any extra hydration before, during, or after exercise, I get even sicker--headaches, nausea, muscle weakness. As the article suggests, I try to drink extra water a few hours before I exercise, then sip some water whenever I feel the need during exercise, and then chug a lot of water just after exercise (and lie down for 5-10 minutes with my eyes closed). Result: energy, great workout, endorphin rush, fewer cramped muscles.
    Same here. I start getting stomach cramps and stop my excersizing 15 minutes early.
  • When I drink water during exercise I get full and then I can't workout. It makes my sick to myy stomaach.
  • I had been wondering about this because I get so thirsty while working out. I still feel kind of awkward hauling a water bottle around a gym tho, but when I work out at home I'm constantly guzzling water.
  • I'm probably one of the few that actually gets sick if I drink water during a workout. My stomach tends to cramp. I'm much better drinking before and after!
    How sweat it is!!
  • This is so true. I find that when I am getting tired during my workout, if I drink a little water, it gives me a boost and motivates me to continue.
  • Wow, I definitely need to drink more, I hardly drink any water during exercise.
    This was a good article. I was always wondering should you drink water before, after or during workouts. Thanks!
  • This was an excellent article for me to read today! Last night after I left the gym I just felt worn down and my body just felt weird. I know it was because I was dehydrated. Before I hit the gym today I will have plenty of water before, during and after.
    Thanks for the article!
  • I was just wondering if I should or should not drink water before I exercise at Curves in an hour. I'm off to get my 16 oz glass and drink up! Thanks!

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