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Drinking Water During Exercise

How Much Water Should I Drink When I Work Out?


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I drink around 4 or 5 52 oz. jugs of water during the workday at work. When I work out I have 12 oz. while on the elypical and another 12 oz. while I do the stair stepper. It's mandatory for me that I keep my body cleansed and water is the best source for that! Report
I'm finding it hard to reach my water goal, due mainly to not really having an effective sense of thirst. I have been known to go all day drinking nothing but my morning coffee (singular). I'm trying to be mindful of my water consumption, and having it listed in the SP nutrition page really has helped. Report
I use to never drink water!! I went from drinking 12 pack of soda a day (4 years ago) to drinking about a gallon of sweet tea day. Since I've started the spark program all I drink mostly water (every now and then I'll have a soda) but now I find myself craving water when I work out. I actually drink about 4 cups to an hour on the treadmill. After I finish working out I usually drink 2 more before I even know it. It makes it a lot easier to meet the 8 cups a day. Report
I drink lots of water daily and find that you have validated my reasons for doing so. Thanks for the good information. Report
This article is right on target!! The has a lot of science that back this up and I've personally started to increase my endurance once I started to stay properly hydrated while execising!!

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I agree that drinking plenty of water through the day is a must... but 1 cup every 15 to 20 minutes??? My stomach would be so distended I wouldn't be able to continue with my workout! That sounds painfull to me! Report
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... :) Report
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) Report
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. Report
When they say "cups" in this article are they referring to literal cups or 8 oz.? Report
I drink my "water" every day now just out of habit. Report
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.) Report
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. Report
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!). Report
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. Report

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