Hydration is one of the most overlooked aspects of getting, and staying, fit. Staying hydrated boosts your metabolism, helps curb cravings and aids in digestion amongst other things. Unfortunately, many people drastically underestimate the amount of water they need daily to maintain optimum hydration.
The “one size fits all,” 8 glass a day program really doesn't cut it. “In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day,” says Trent Nessler, DPT. This means a 200 lb. man should be drinking a minimum of 100 oz. of water a day, well above the 64 oz. recommended by the 8 glass a day adage. However, there is more to fitness than hitting the bare minimums. The more active you are, the more water you need to put down.
Water is involved in every cellular process in the body. Any level of dehydration whatsoever begins to slow everything from cellular repair to digestion. Kidney function drops and mild constipation can set in as well. You can see why everyone from beginners to fitness gurus stand to benefit from making sure they’re well hydrated at all times. To check, look for clear or slightly yellow urine that is virtually odorless. The darker and more aromatic your urine, the more dehydrated you are.
I’ve found that the easiest way for me to get at least a gallon of water in a day is to keep a 32 oz. water bottle by me at all times. I tend to go through two while I’m at the gym and two to four throughout the rest of the day. I also like to start and end my day with water as I tend to wake up feeling a bit parched.
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