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Drinking Water During Exercise

How Much Water Should I Drink When I Work Out?

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  • a cup of water every 15-20 min!!! that's makes me feel so much more normal... i mean i am pretty much the only person at my gym guzzling water, going thru close to a liter of water from when i enter to when i get back home... i work out for 90 minutes non stop the days i do go to the gym, maybe 3 or 4 times a week... everybody else sort of just sips and i am th eone making a hundred trips to the water filter/cooler thing... and given that i am from a very hot country, i'd think that water would be a necessity when we are running and weight training... :) - 11/5/2008 8:41:40 AM
  • I can't help think of certain athletes, who used to deny themselves of water because of the weight limits on their sport! (I.e. jockeys, wrestlers) - 11/5/2008 8:01:50 AM
  • JAXGTR
    On the flip side, drinking too much water is just as bad. I live in Florida and in July, I went on a 47 mile bike ride, I drank too much mater and my legs locked up tighter than the doors at Ft. Knox. I had 7 miles to go to get back to my house and I almost called my wife to come and pick me up. I was able to loosen up my quads where I could get over the last bridge on the route and was able to make it home, but not without a massive amount of whining on my part. It was really hot and humid and I over hydrated. I thought I had filled my water pack with some HEED, but it was just plain water and I did not take enough electrolytes pills during my ride.

    Plain and simple, I just ended up sweating out any and all electrolytes I had in my system and was in complete pain by the time I got home. I lost 8 lbs on that ride from all the water I lost and had a headache something fierce. - 10/22/2008 2:37:53 PM
  • SYMMIE
    When they say "cups" in this article are they referring to literal cups or 8 oz.? - 10/6/2008 10:31:04 PM
  • I drink my "water" every day now just out of habit. - 10/3/2008 2:54:29 PM
  • I must find the football coach's email so I can send this article. Two consecutive summers my son ended up in the ER for heat exhaustion. He pushes fluids before and after, but the coach limits breaks during practice. On 90+ degree days, water is even more vital. (Sorry for venting.) - 10/3/2008 7:39:28 AM
  • Sometimes I get a cramp during my Pilates class and the teacher says that I probably haven't had enough water. I also find that, even though Pilates is really gentle exercise and I hardly sweat, I need just as much water during the class as I need during more aerobic kinds of exercise. - 10/3/2008 4:42:52 AM
  • What about those of us who don't really sweat. I am more prone to heat stroke because I don't sweat but my face sure shows all the heat I am holding in! If I drink water right before exercising I have to take a pee break so I don't usually do that (drink water that is!). - 10/2/2008 10:17:57 PM
  • I, regularly, treat myself to a deep muscle massage. The massage therapist always tries to get me to drink water just before and just after the massage. I know that I should, but it is embarassing to have that "urge to go" right in the middle of a session. So, I drink water about a half hour before the session and chug down a couple of glasses after the session when I get home. - 8/6/2008 7:52:32 PM
  • "Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink" --(a line from a poem.)But in actually water is available--all kinds of it.! Recently, I made a note in my journal, "I noticed the more water I drink, the greater my weight loss." Thanks for the re-affirmation and addtitional info! "A whole quart?!?! WOW! - 7/19/2008 10:03:42 AM
  • I always knew it was important to drink water before, during, and after a workout. But, it's nice to have a well-written article to tell me why. I thrive on the "whys" of the world. By the way, I LOVE sparkpeople. - 6/27/2008 11:17:48 PM
  • I've been finding the weight does slip off a little easier when I'm chugging back the water. I've also noticed that I am more "regular" if I'm well hydrated and generally just feel better overall. - 6/10/2008 7:28:03 AM
  • My dad was a truck driver every night after work my dad and I sat on the front porch and shared a gallon of water. To this day water is my main intake. I will have a cup of coffee in the morning, and if I eat out I will drink ice tea or mist soda. My main intake is water. people tell me all the time what pretty skin I have, and it must be from the water.. I drink alot of water per day. - 6/3/2008 2:19:24 PM
  • I always carry my bottle around with me at the gym..I, too, take small drinks when I need to, then when I'm finished, I drink a more substantial amount..I also dont take real cold water, as that seems to cramp my stomach..I wait for the cold stuff for when I'm home and cooled off alittle.. - 5/26/2008 7:22:55 PM
  • I'm learning how my body and mind reacts when I get enough water and not enough water. I keep a 22 oz insulated tumbler at hand with ice and water in it and make sure to finish it 3 times in the day to get my required amount. I place 2 rubberbands around it and after I fill it the second and third time, I remove a band for each filling. When the bands are gone, I know I have drank the water I need for the day! My skin and mental state are thanking me for it. - 5/26/2008 8:50:25 AM

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