We’re all about encouraging you to stay hydrated and with our Youth Elixir Water Bottles it’s so easy to stay mindful of your water consumption. But one question we get all the time is how much water should you be drinking while working out, and should you be drinking water before, during, or after you exercise? We’ll answer all of your questions and more here.
Why You Should Stay Hydrated During Your Workout
Before we jump into how much water you need to drink, we want to explain why it’s so important for you to stay hydrated during your fitness routine. Water makes up 75% of all muscle tissue and 10% of all fatty tissue. You want to make sure that your muscles stay well hydrated because even just slight dehydration can have a major impact on your workout performance. If you feel just slightly thirsty during your exercise routine make sure to drink some water, as this might be an indicator that your muscles need replenishing.
Drink Before You Workout
It is generally recommended that you drink between 20-30oz of water 2 to 3 hours before you start your exercise. This will make sure that you don’t get dehydrated during your workout. To do this try and drink about 10oz each hour before you head to the gym.
Then Drink another 8 Ounces
Yes, you heard correctly. About 20-30 minutes before your workout drink another 8oz on top of the 20 you did earlier. Again, this to make sure that you’re starting your workout fully hydrated.
During Your Workout
During your work out make sure to keep a water bottle close by. While exercising drink another 10 oz for every 20 minutes of exercise. This may seem like overkill but you’ll be sweating a lot and you really want to stay hydrated during your workout. You’ll get the most out of your workouts if you stay properly hydrated.
Once you’re done exercising drink another 8oz, and remember that these are all just general recommendation, you may have to drink more or less based on your height, weight, gender, and health conditions. Always speak to your doctor first.