We all know that it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking ample water while exercising, but just how much water should you drink? According to the American Council on Exercise, you should adhere to the guidelines outlined in the infographic below when doing moderate to high intensity exercises.
Here are the basics. Around 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising, you should drink 17 to 20 ounces of water. Then 20 to 30 minutes before exercising, you should drink 8 ounces of water. For every 10 to 20 minutes that you exercise, you should drink 7 to 10 ounces of water. Finally, up to 30 minutes after you’re done exercising, you should drink another 8 ounces of water.
Remember that this is just a general guide. Since the amount of water you need to stay hydrated is dependent on your gender, age, height and weight, you’ll need to tailor the amounts you drink based on that. Below you’ll see a breakdown for men and women based on the average height and weight of a 28-year-old.
If you want to know how important electrolytes are to workout, you can also find that out on the infographic along with a few other useful tips. Are you drinking enough water when you exercise, or are you dehydrating yourself?
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