How Much Water Are You Drinking???

Back in March, I wrote a Fit Tip about VitaminWater. The truth is that you only need to use an electrolyte replacement beverage like VitaminWater or Gatorade if you exercise continuously for 60 minutes or more.

However, your body does need a lot of H2O! Here’s the basic formula for determining your hydration needs:

1. Drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight.

2. Drink an additional 8 ounces of water for every fifteen minutes of exercise.

3. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol have a dehydrating effect. Drink 1 ounce of water for every ounce of caffeine or alcohol consumed.

So Mr. Smith weighs 200 pounds. On Monday, he worked out for 45 minutes and he drank 3 six ounce cups of coffee. Mr. Smith would need 224 ounces of water to meet his hydration needs. That’s A LOT of water! I suggest that you get a pretty bottle that you can keep with you all day…determine how many ounces it holds and how many times you will need to fill it to meet your hydration needs for the day. For obvious reasons, I try to consume all of water before 6:00pm on any given day.