How much water should I drink while exercising?

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It is important to drink plenty of water while walking. Thirst alone is a poor indicator of how much water you need.

Guidelines for fluid replacement are as follows:

  • Consume 14 to 22 ounces (1.75 to 2.75 cups) of fluid 2 hours before exercise
  • Drink 6 to 12 ounces of fluid for every 15 to 20 minutes of exercise
  • Fluids should be cold.
  • The goal is to replace sweat and urine losses.
  • Ingest 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost after an exercise bout.
Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln on behalf of barre3
Fitness
When working out you want to stay hydrated, but be mindful of drinking too much too quickly, which can lead to cramping. Taking small sips throughout class is the best approach.

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