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Drinking Water During Exercise

How Much Water Should I Drink When I Work Out?

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  • Wow, I was surprised with the 1 quart loss every time I do a major workout. I usually drink water before working out and most definitely after, especially during the hot & humid months here. For those of you struggling to drink your water as a break from the monotony of plain cold water taste try adding one of those single flavor packs of Crystal light to a 1 pt. bottle of cold water. It perks up your taste buds and is very low in calories. My 9 yr. old son prefers doing that to sodas and high sugar juices. - 3/4/2010 12:13:29 PM
  • That's pretty crazy, I was thinking definitely nor more than a cup. - 3/1/2010 11:14:25 AM
  • WoW,a whole quart!I usually drink one glass, two if I'm really thirsty, during a workout. Now I know why I feel so sluggish, it's not enough! I'm going to try that penny trick and make sure I get more water! - 2/26/2010 2:15:06 PM
  • WOW. Great article. Very informative. Thanks. - 2/22/2010 5:40:42 PM
  • I remember reading somewhere that if you take your weight and divide it by 2 you should drink that number of oz. So, I for example weight 300ish pounds so I need to drink 150 oz a day or a little over 4 and a half of my 32 oz/1000 ml Nalgene bottles a day. I have been doing that regularly and it has really helped. It also helps to only drink water or tea, as I am sure that if I were drinking sodas it would be harder to add to what soda or tea or whatever I was drinking another 8 glasses. Honestly Drinking 8 glasses a day is pretty easy to me, but I know that is not so for everyone. - 2/19/2010 12:26:37 PM
  • I struggle to drink all 8 cups each day. I'm usually downing my last cup or two right before bed. I think it is getting easier for me now that I've been doing it for over a month. I did happen to notice this week that I am sweating more during my workouts, which is a relief to me because my body used to overheat, but now I'm glistening pink after a workout! - 2/19/2010 1:54:17 AM
  • I typically drink about 150 oz of water a day. I do not remember the formula, but I read someplace you needed X number of ounces per pound of your weight. That is when I started drinking so much. When I cut the water out or switched to anything else, I would retain fluids. - 2/14/2010 4:47:54 PM
  • I have started to drink more water and found that on the days that I slip back to my old habits I am very lathargic. I am not sure if this all in my head but it works to keep me on track with my water intake. - 12/26/2009 5:25:08 PM
  • I usually drop a bag of fennel/anise tea in my cup and leave it all day. It gives it a light taste and I am getting the benefits of the tea as well. It doesn't need any sweetener as it is naturally good. - 12/26/2009 12:34:19 PM
  • I had a hard time drinking water until I found a fun water bottle. Now is it easier to keep it filled and drink as I go through the day and especially at the gym! I find a keyring cord that goes around the top that holds my locker key, so it's always with me. It's the little things that make it all come together :) - 12/7/2009 4:25:52 PM
  • I had a hard time drinking water until I found a fun water bottle. Now is it easier to keep it filled and drink as I go through the day and especially at the gym! I find a keyring cord that goes around the top that holds my locker key, so it's always with me. It's the little things that make it all come together :) - 12/7/2009 4:25:34 PM
  • I routinely drink 8 to 12 cups of water a day and rehydrate before and after a workout very well. But I absolutely can not drink while I am working out because I always get nauseated for some reason.
    Ruth - 11/22/2009 10:11:09 AM
  • SAMANTHAPAYNTR
    when i go swimming i'm SO surprised about the number of people who don't have a water bottle with them. Hello! Just because your submerged in water doesn't mean you're not sweating!!! It can be hard to realize that you're dehydrated when there's water all around you, but still use a little common sense. Why do you think the pool is so damn salty???

    I can always tell when i need water while working out when my mouth starts getting dry. - 11/19/2009 8:04:08 AM
  • There is such a thing as overhydration - and people have died from it. Don't push yourself - listen to your body, and don't drink when it's saying "no more!"
    The deaths have been from runners who have been told "drink! drink! drink!" and so they forced themselves to drink, drink, drink.
    16 glasses a day doesn't sound safe to me, when the recommendation is 8, unless you're a REALLY heavy sweater, AND you're doing REALLY heavy work-outs! - 11/8/2009 1:57:24 AM
  • Hmm, Sasandra - definitely something to think about. I will have to try drinking even more water. - 10/27/2009 5:00:39 PM

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