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Drinking Water During Exercise

How Much Water Should I Drink When I Work Out?


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  • 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 :)
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Hmm, Sasandra - definitely something to think about. I will have to try drinking even more water.
  • ..ummm... how am i supposed to drink that much water 2 hours before working out if i start my workouts at 7am??!?!? I usually have about 12 oz 15 mins before my workout as soon as I wake, drink another 12oz during workout, then 12 oz while i'm getting ready for work, but, i can't imagine waking up at 5am to drink water, then go back to sleep. Hmmm.

    vmomma, I don't sweat that much either. I was shocked at the quart answer because it is rare that my whole body is wet. I drink at least 8 cups a day. I will try more.
  • I use to drink just 8 cups of water and hardly sweat when working out. My trainer advised me to drink 16 cups of water and I started losing weight. Now I notice when I drink less water (less than 16cups) I will retain water and notice the increase on my scale.
  • I use to drink just 8 cups of water and hardly seat when working out. My trainer advised me to drink 16 cups of water and I started losing weight. Now I notice when I drink less water (less than 16cups) I will retain water and notice the increase on my scale.
    Thank you Mr Zack. This is a very great article.
  • It is important to know your body; if you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, you are unlikely to dehydrate during exercise. However, if you are exercising in hot weather or have worked up a good sweat, then drink water. Maybe not a cup every 15 minutes, but at least a cup every 30.

    I am one of those who don't sweat much. I used to run 10 miles at day from 1 - 3 in the afternoon during the summer in New Mexico. A very arid, hot place. I would drink a total of 2 cups during the 1.5 hours it would take me. But I also drank a lot of water the rest of the day......
  • Please listen to this advice. I've just found out that the 'migraines' I have been suffering from for years were caused by dehydration. So badly so that I took migrain medication for it. Keeping my fingers crossed that this is really the end of my headaches
  • That sounds like an awful lot of water. I am also reading running articles and they are saying you could drink too much water during a run and if drank too much could end up in the hospital at least, possibly die.

    I definitely don't think I could drink this much water before, during or after exercise!
  • I believe you have to get used to drinking water. When I first started drinking water first thing in the morning I would feel sick to my stomach. Now my body requires it. I now wake up and drink 2 cups very first thing, before I do anything else. I also take a quart of water with me when I work out and it is gone when I am finished 45-60 minutes later. The more I drink the more my body wants. And I do sweat A LOT during my workouts. A quart of water seems right.
  • I too am a non-sweater. I don't sweat under any circumstance. I barely even get a damp feeling during anything intensely physical. 9 years ago we moved and I spent my summer in our attic (where the temps were over 100 degrees F) packing our belongings and I never broke into a sweat there. I do drink a lot of water though while I am exercising because I feel as though it helps to keep my body somewhat regulated since it doesn't sweat. I often wonder how other people don't drink water as I feel as though I would keel over if I didn't drink all the water I drink.

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