How Much Water Should I Drink?

How Much Water Should I Drink?How much water should I drink? Have you ever asked that question? A popular urban legend is that people should drink 8-10 glasses of water per day for good health. Guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture and the American College of Sports Medicine recommended that thirst is the best measure of fluid requirements.

So how much water should I drink? Here is the deal: Thirst is an early sign that you need more fluids, not a late sign. If you plan to exercise, particularly in the heat, begin with normal hydration and blood electrolyte levels.

How much water should I drink during exercise? During exercise, drink enough water to prevent excessive dehydration (greater than 2 percent weight loss). Consume a good-quality sports drink containing electrolytes and energy if you are exercising for prolonged periods, particularly in the heat.

How much water should I drink for short exercise sessions? For short exercise sessions, however, nothing beats plain water. Individual differences in sweat rate determine how much fluid you need during exercise.

How much water should I drink after training? After training, replenish fluid and electrolyte levels before attempting another workout. [sources: Tufts University, Fitness Rx]

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