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Drinking Water During Exercise

How Much Water Should I Drink When I Work Out?


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  • wish i'd known this before i did my 5k. explains why my run seemed extra challenging. amateurs, huh? i'll know next time.
  • I too noticed that I would get nauseated if I drank very cold water during exercise or on an empty stomach. I find if the water is not quite so cold it helps. Also, try flavored water and drink slowly. A medical buddy of mine mentioned that water on an empty stomach can sometimes nauseate you because it mixes with the acid in your stomach. He stated that's why lemon is brought with your water. The lemon counter acts the acidity in your tummy. I don't know how true this is, but I started trying it and it worked for me!
  • Wow!! I had no idea you could lose that much water! Sometimes I carry my water bottle with me to the gym, but it's annoying to keep up with it, so I'll leave it in my locker until I'm done and then chug on the way home. I will definitely start hauling it around with me at the gym!
  • ROBSOM71
    I also get nauseated if I drink a lot of water while exercising. However, if I take a few sips (like one or two swallows) at intervals it seems okay. I drink a glass a few minutes before but if I drink more than that my bladder gets so uncomfortable and I have to keep stopping to run to the bathroom...I do drink a lot when I'm done though (at least 3-4 cups) but I space them about 5 min. apart and this seems to avoid getting a stomache ache :-)
  • 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.

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