This week Jill B. Smith Discusses:
How much water should I drink on any given day? This is a popular question in the fitness industry. But it becomes more relevant when you consider where we live.
Obviously a person living in Arizona has to drink more water than a person living in Alaska. This also means that a person living in Arizona who trains regularly should be super-hydrated. This doesn’t mean over-hydrated, just more hydrated than those who don’t have to deal with the conditions that we face. In the summer when temperatures can reach upwards of 118 degrees, someone who trains diligently should drink at least one glass of water every hour. How much water is in that glass depends on your weight.
If you’re in the 120 to 150 pound range, you should be drinking 12 ounces of water every hour. If you do that over for 14 to 16 hours a day you should be fine as long as you don’t over drink. If you miss an hour don’t try to compensate by doubling or tripling your hourly intake. As a person’s weight increases so does the amount of water that they need. An overly obese person working extremely hard to reduce their body fat may need to drink 4 gallons of water a day to maintain proper hydration.
Even if you seemingly drink all the water that your body needs, you can sabotage your water intake by drinking liquids that impede your body’s hydration. Coffee, tea, alcohol, and many caffeine/energy drinks will actually contribute to your dehydration because they counteract the benefits of water by causing your body to expel water at higher rate than normal. This is not what you want when you live in one the hottest regions in the world.
And remember to always carry water but not for too long. Instead of carrying water like a fashion accessory, drink it. If you feel dehydrated even though you feel as though you’re getting enough water throughout the day, talk to your primary care physician. Dehydration in Arizona can be deadly, but a properly hydrated body can do wonders both in and out of the gym.