When you work out, you get thirsty, which of course causes you to reach for that water bottle. But how much water should you be drinking on a daily basis? And what can you do if you just don't like the taste of water?
First things first, how much water do you need per day? Typically, a good guideline to adhere to is eight to 10 glasses of water per day for adults, no matter if they are men or women. However, recently the Institute of Medicine set new guidelines for total water intake. It recommend that women consume a total around 2.7 liters of water each day while men take in about 3.7 liters per day.
Now, these totals are from all sources. Remember that many foods you consume have water in them. Fruits, vegetables and soups tend to have the highest water counts. Depending on your diet, most people get about 25% of their water from the food they eat.
However, if you are working out, you probably need more water. When the body is depleted of water, you can suffer from headaches, dry skin and even dizzy spells. Remember to keep the body hydrated as you work out, and drink water after you have finished your workout.
What if I don't like water that much? How can I make it taste better?
Many people complain that they just do not like the taste of water, and wonder what they can do to make water taste better. Today, there are plenty of no-calorie, sugar-free water infusers that you can add to your glass of water to give it flavor. Or, you can purchase some very cool water bottles that allow you to add fruit, infusing the water with flavor. This is a way to make the water tastier, and healthier, as you can get some vitamins from the fruit.
How can I make sure I get enough water?
If you are worried that you aren't getting enough water, keep track each day. Simply note each glass that you drink in a food diary app, and note how much of your diet is fruits and vegetables. Keeping track can make you more conscious too, and it will probably encourage you to drink a bit more.
Have more questions? Consult with me, Ralph Roberts, a certified personal trainer in Amarillo, Texas. I can help you come up with a health and fitness plan geared just for you. Contact me today for a free personal fitness session.
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