Water you waiting for? Drink up!
Since the days have been on the cooler side, many of us forget to drink enough water. When the temperature is high, we somehow are highly aware of our water take. However in the winter months, we frequently forget to hydrate. “Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation” (Harvard Health, 2015).
According to University of Missouri System, the minimum amount of water you should drink daily can be calculated using this equation:
Body weight (in pounds) / 2 = minimum number of ounces of water to drink per day.
For those active individuals, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) recommends following this hydration schedule as you train:
- Two hours before exercise, drink 17 to 20 ounces of fluid.
- Every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise, drink 7 to 10 ounces of fluid.
- For every pound of water weight lost during exercise, drink 16 to 24 ounces of fluid.
If you find it hard to drink enough water, some options to increase your desire and awareness can include the following; keep water accessible (reusable water bottle with a design or color always filled), infuse your water (lemon, mint, cucumbers, and/or strawberries), and keep track by keeping a tally or set reminders to go off each day at certain times to remind you to drink water.
Our bodies are mostly made of water and we need to continuously replenish it as we lose it throughout the day and during our workouts. This will allow for all of our body systems to function properly, keep our skin from drying out, and keep our energy high. So, drink up!
Deziel, Chris. “How Much Water Should I Drink a Day?” LIVESTRONG.COM, Leaf Group, 7 Dec. 2019, www.livestrong.com/article/534298-how-much-water-to-drink-per-day-by-body-weight/.
Harvard Health Publishing. “The Importance of Staying Hydrated.” Harvard Health, 18 June 2015, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated.