While exercising at home you may find it harder to stay properly hydrated. You have greater access to tempting sugary drinks or your cool A/C may trick you into thinking you don't have to drink as much water. Whatever the reason, it's extremely important to stay properly hydrated no matter where you are exercising.
Being well-hydrated is fundamental to good health. Drinking enough water will help you function and exercise at your absolute best.
12 Benefits of Drinking Water
- Keeps you alert
- Helps regulate body temperature
- Prevents cramping
- Increases performance
- Increases energy
- Supports healthy weight loss
- Enhances brain function
- Boosts immune system
- Prevents headaches
- Supports joint health
- Boosts mood
- Promotes clearer skin
How much water do you need?
The amount of water a person needs depends on the health of the person, the environment, clothing and exercise intensity and duration. If you are someone who sweats a lot, then you may need to drink more water to account for that loss. If you're unsure about how much water you should drink, consult your doctor. They can help you better understand what your body needs.
According to the American Council on Exercise, you should drink 17 to 20 ounces of fluid 2 to 3 hours before exercise and another 8 ounces 20 to 30 minutes before your workout. Then, during the workout, 7 to 10 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes. And lastly, drink 8 ounces 30 minutes after the workout.
4 Steps to Making Drinking Water a Habit
- Drink a glass of water with each meal
- Carry a water bottle with you
- Keep water with you on your desk while you work
- Start a habit tracker
See below for our printable Water Habit Tracker to help you keep track of your water drinking habits. Simply save the image, print and start tracking!
Treat hydration the same way you would nutrition. They are both absolutely vital to promoting a healthy lifestyle and to getting the most effective, safe and enjoyable workout you can. And for most people, water is the way to go. It is the best drink to stay hydrated. No matter what level of activity you do, always remember to stay hydrated.