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Drinking Water During Exercise

How Much Water Should I Drink When I Work Out?

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  • I agree with Gladgad. I try to not take everything I read at face value. I use my past experience on how my body feels and reacts in addition to using the information I read. For me, it is a struggle to get in enough water throughout the day, but I manage mostly. But I could never get that amount of water in before and during a workout without losing my momentum and making myself too bloated workout effectively. Like some have mentioned, I too get nauseated with too much water. I sip before and a little during, try to make sure I do not become severely dehydrated, and I replace the fluids in a reasonable amount of time after. I don't think water needs to be instantaneously replaced as it is lost. Besides that, if you are working out hard, I would think that your body would have trouble processing a high volume of water at the same time.

    As a side note... I had a nice water bottle (which I lost shortly after buying it) that had a pop up straw. Although a pain to clean, it worked great for workouts. It made it easy to sip and it was less disruptive to my workout.
  • 32 oz an hour is too much! Even though your body might lose 32 oz of water per hour, it cannot process that much and you'll wind up with stomach discomfort, possible cramping or other side effects. It's a myth that you should "consume what you lose" during a workout. Depending on your weight you should replenish 10-16 oz per hour for vigorous exercise. Our bodies can handle a temporary loss of hydration, but it's important to continue drinking after exercise over the next few hours to slowly replenish what was lost.
  • When I am running on the treadmil, I slow down to drink water, usually by the end of my run , I have drank 16ozs of water. Then after, I feel very thristy, and drink about 16ozs.
  • LIMONADE34
    I definitely can't drink 3 or 4 cups of water WHILE working out for an hour, I would feel so sick... And most days, I'm at the gym first thing in the morning, so I don't have an hour or two to start hydrating beforehand. I just sip at my water during the workout (finishing between 1 and 2 cups in an hour) and then make sure to drink as much as possible the rest of the day.
  • I was surprised at the amount. Time to drink more water...
  • Love this article, but I get HORRIBLE cramps from drinking water before I workout. I understand getting the right amount of fluids is important, but any recommendations as to how I can get rid of the cramps?
  • I didn't realize you lost that much water!! Geez! I don't drink enough water, I know, but this article did help me realize I need to drink more. I do drink water during a workout at home when I'm doing DVD's, but I put it in a glass with ice and drink through a straw, that way I'm not gulping so I can avoid nausea.
  • I had a mouth full or 2 b4 going on an hours run today. Couldn't figure out why I was struggling so much....Aaaaaa ha! I do now
  • THEBIGDIPPER
    Great article - a quart - holy smokes! However when I drink water while I exercise I get side pains that bother me so much I feel like jumping off the treadmill. Anybody else have this problem? If so do you know any ways to combat this...I would love to keep jogging instead of getting off until my side pain goes away, and my motivation with it.
  • JSINGIN
    Sometimes it helps to flavor the water with a dash of unsweetened lemon juice. The little bit of flavor makes it something to look forward to -not to mention what ever minute vitamins it might add. Sweetened things make one's body require even more water to dilute and process a solution, but a tiny bit of tartness,for some reason, is thirst quenching. I really put this to the test on more than one occasion when I was doing 50+ mile bicycle rides and needed water more than I had realized...
    *On the other hand, I've read some negative things about lemons squeezed into water glasses at restaurants: something about the bacteria on waiter/waitress hands being transferred onto the lemon skins.
  • BOBBIENJ
    I use a squirt bottle while running on the treadmill. It was hard to get in all the water that we are supposed to have, I'm getting better at carrying a water bottle around with me.
  • KENNESAWGIRL733
    I have to drink about 4 ounces every 2 hours to get it to go down... too much at one time and I get nauseated.
  • SASSYSACY
    I agree, can't drink before a workout when you workout first thing in the morning, but I do keep a glass by the bed and if and when I wake up during the night I have a drink. When I get up I have a drink then too. During my workout I find I'll sip through that too because I'm feeling parched.
  • ANNWITHNA
    How on earth do you drink DURING a workout?
  • "Start paying attention to your fluid intake 2-3 hours before you are going to exercise. "

    What about those of us who workout first thing in the morning? Like 6AM? Surely I don't have to set my alarm for 4!

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