So, you hate drinking water, do you? Join the club. It is bland, tasteless and boring. Where is the pizzazz and fun? Where is the artificial colorings and added flavors? Not here. Nor there. It is just water. Plain, predictable, and life supporting. I guess the whole thing about it being necessary for survival seems like a good reason to drink it, but it can still be hard. Hydration is key, so just remember to drink that water.

Does it have to be water?

Yes and no. While it is important to drink straight water, you can get the majority of your water needs from the food that you eat. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain a huge percentage of water that goes straight into your body, so if you work your diet well and consume a large amount of fresh produce, your water consumption can be far less than if not.

How much do I need to drink?

Well, that depends. The larger you are, the more you work out, the less produce you eat, all of this translates to a higher water need. Whether it be 6 or 16 cups that you need, try to consistently drink that and space your hydration throughout the day. Your body is only able to absorb so much liquid each hour, so try to drink .5- 1 cup each hour, and slightly more after workout. If you sweat a lot, try weighing yourself before and after each workout, and consume an additional cup of water for every half pound lost.

What it I haven’t been drinking “enough” and I have been fine?

While you won’t necessarily die if you aren’t getting enough water, your system is constantly forced to conserve and won’t be able to perform at maximum level when you are constantly or even just momentarily dehydrated.

How do I know if I have had enough?

It seems gross, but the color of your urine is the best indicator. A very pale hint of yellow indicates proper hydration. If it is completely clear, water is just passing through your system, and if it is a dark yellow or orange hue, grab a drink.

Is it possible to drink too much water?

Yes. This is a condition that is called hyponatremia, and is particularly common with long distance runners in events like marathons, and those that drink excessive amounts of water in a short period of time. This is a potentially dangerous condition, and can be easily avoided by only replenishing fluids lost (measured by weighing yourself) and not drinking excessively during a prolonged workout.

 

Becca Capell
iFit Head Trainer