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How Much Water Do You Really Need For a Great Workout?

How Much Water Do You Really Need For a Great Workout?

You may be hitting the gym for many reasons, whether its workouts with a personal trainer, spinning, yoga, or even an upcoming wedding.

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Exercise helps improve your strength, cardio health, energy, and the image that smiles back at you in the mirror. We hear, "OMG, I never thought this would happen" all the time, and that puts an enormous smile on our faces. While you're working out at Forever Fitness, we want to make sure you are staying hydrated. Water plays an important part in your workout and you don't want to skip it.

Why is Water so Important?

Most Americans don't choose water as their favorite beverage. Powerful ad campaigns tempt us with carbonated sodas and juices loaded with corn syrup, sugar and other undesirable add-ins.

But water, which covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface, is vital for all known life forms, and that includes a very special person – you.

The human body is made up of 60 percent water, and when we sweat during a workout we lose some of that water. You need to replenish it to keep your body going, which is why it's important to consume water before, during and after workouts. The last thing you want to do is become dehydrated, which can make it difficult for you to get the most out of your workout and can also be dangerous to your health.

Water Guidelines for Working Out

When is the best time to drink water?

The proper timing of water consumption can make a world of difference to your workout. Drinking too little before you hit the gym could lead to dehydration, but drinking too much before or during can also hinder your performance. There's a balance to be found here.

The American Council on Exercise suggests the following guidelines for suggested people doing moderate-to high-intensity exercise:

  • Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water two to three hours before your workout
  • Drink an additional 8 ounces of water 20 to 30 minutes before your workout or during your warm-up 
  • Drink 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during your workout
  • Drink 8 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after your workout

How much water do I need?

You won't find a one-size-fits-all guide because everyone's bodies work a little differently. How much water you need can depend on a number of variables, including climate, humidity and your size. Following the guidelines above is a great place to start, but you might need more water depending on your workout. 

If you sweat heavily, you're going to need more water than someone who doesn't sweat quite as to compensate for the fact that you are losing more water during your workout. If it's hot and humid outside, or you're exercising for an extended period of time, bump up your water intake.

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