When should I drink water in relation to when I work out or compete?
April 9, 2010 3:07 PM Subscribe
When should I drink water in relation to when I work out or compete? In terms of water drinking in general this snopes article
makes a lot of sense to me. I hear so many, different, and contradictory things about how much water to drink and when.
posted by palegirl to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
How much water should I drink during my workouts? I work out with a team so only get water when the coach allows us to. We work out 2-5 hours at a time, 4-5 days a week.
My current coach likes us to do a 45min to hour long "warmup" without drinking any water. By the end of that hour we're working pretty hard. I think this has more to do with him thinking that we'll all take breaks and be lazy during the first hour of our workout than anything having to do with proper hydration. I try to drink some water on the way to practice to compensate for his hour long warmups.
I have games on some Saturday evenings. What's the best way for me to be properly hydrated come Saturday 5pm to perform my very best? Some of my teammates say that by Friday it's really too late to properly hydrate. I tend not to drink tons of water in general. Usually a glass or two of water during the day (and several cups of coffee) and a few bottles of water over the course of a workout. Now it's Friday and I'm thinking I should drink extra water today and tomorrow because I have a game. Would I perform better if I had started drinking extra water on Monday? How much water? Does it even matter?