As an athlete, you’re burning through massive amounts of resources when you train and compete. You’re sweating, maintain body temperature, building new muscles, and through all of this staying hydrated is crucial. Water acts as a lubricant for bodily functions, flushes out toxins, delivers nutrients, and helps you stay full and energized. We can’t stress enough the importance of always hydrating.
What’s more, most people walk around in a constant state of dehydration which causes them to feel hungry and make choices that aren’t the best for their results. So, drinking throughout the day will help you stay full between meals as well as helping you avoid drinking sugary beverages such as soda or juices (which tend to make you even thirstier). So, how much water should you drink and how often should you drink it?
Well, for any athlete we recommend a minimum of 64 ounces of water, which is about 4 bottles a day. However, for larger athletes over 140lbs, we recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces (so a 180-pound athlete needs ~ 90oz.). This may sound like a lot but constantly sipping water throughout the day can add up quickly. Another tip, start your day off with a bottle of water. It will help you feel and function better and get you closer to your hydration goals.
Lastly, if you’re not a fan of water and are used to sugary beverages, try adding fruit slices or drinking sparkling water to make it more interesting. Just remember, Hydration is key!