Friday: Q&A

6 Jan

Drinking Water & Exercising

By Alya Alyssa Kattan

Hi GUYS!!!  Happy Friday!!! Xx ❤

Question: I am confused about drinking water and exercise-how much, why, when-before, after and during exercise.

 Answer: Thanks for visiting my blog and for the question!!  Xx ❤

Drinking a workout is very important!  Your body depends on water to sustain chemical reactions and to maintain correct body temperature. It’s possible to lose up to a quart of water during an hour of exercise through sweating, which can lead to dehydration if fluids aren’t replaced. Drinking water before and during exercise also has benefits for performance.

Here are some tips on keeping hydrated while working out:

  • Drink 20 oz of water 2-3 hours before you start exercising.
  • Drink 8 oz of water 20 – 30 minutes before exercising.
  • Drink 4-8 oz of water every 10 – 15 minutes during exercise.
  • Drink 8 oz of water within 30 minutes after exercising.
  • Drink 16-24 oz (2-3 cups) of water for every pound of body weight lost after exercise.
  • Drink cool water as it is more quickly absorbed by your body than warmer water, and it is less likely to cause cramps.

Most people wait until they are thirsty to drink water which is not the best idea because once you notice thirst, you are already on your way to dehydration. An easy way to check your hydration level is to notice the color of your urine. If it’s a dark yellow or orange color, you could probably use some plain old water. A hydrated body excretes nearly clear-colored pee (although taking certain vitamins or supplements may turn your pee darker in color).

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One Response to “Friday: Q&A”

  1. Nafisa January 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM #

    Sooo informative..

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