It is a valid question. How much water should you consume on a daily basis? I am sure you have heard the old 8 glasses of water a day, but is that relevant? Does that have any research or backing? What if you work out?
Is Water Important?
If you didn’t know, water comprises about 60% of your body weight AND it regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, lessens burden on kidney and liver, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, helps dissolve nutrients and minerals to a useable state, protects body organs and tissues…need I go on?
“The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.”
Turns out that whole 8 glasses a water a day is just a cool saying, but that’s about it. You need more water than that.
What About Working Out?
- Pre-exercise – 2-3 cups of water 2-3 hours before exercise
- During exercise – Match what you are losing in the workout
- Post-exercise – 24 ounces for every pound lost.
- 2% doesn’t sound that bad
So you are saying Gatorade?
No, I am not saying that at all. Sports drinks are great if there is a major depletion of your glycogen or a significant loss of electrolytes. Which in most cases is vigorous exercise performed for more than an hour. Most people do not need Gatorade after every workout, but it does have its place.
The Water Drinking Lifestyle
I recommend just drinking water throughout the day at an amount that works for you. I have a BPA free camel bak water bottle I carry around all day everyday. It is a 32 ounce bottle and I drink at least four a day. So my water intake is a gallon a day + whatever else I drink that day. Quite a bit. I am not saying this is what you need, but it works for me. Find out the right water intake for your body and make a habit out of drinking water on a daily basis.