Fitness Friday: Water, Water, Everywhere

Posted Dec 5 2014 in , , ,

Drinking waterOne of the things I’ve learned about myself during my health journey is that I don’t drink enough water. It’s easy enough to figure out when I do. I feel better, my skin looks better, I breathe better, and I don’t build up water. I’m VERY sensitive to all kinds of salt; I have been since I was a kid. I need water.

So how much water should you drink? Well, it’s not 8, 8-0z glasses for everyone. Which makes sense. I mean the more you weigh (or the less), the more activity, the climate, the environment, all of those things can influence how much water you probably need.

Here’s a ballpark figure suggested to me at a doctor’s clinic. Take your weight and divide it by 2. That’s the number of ounces per day of fluid. So, if you weigh 128 pounds, then the old 8-8 rule works great (128 ounces/2 = 64 ounces or 8 cups).

How do you know if you’re drinking enough? Look at your urine. It should be light in color, almost clear. If it’s not, you might try adding more fluid to your daily routine.

Oh, one tip…room temperature water doesn’t quench thirst as quickly as cold water…so if you’re trying to drink more, you might consider getting rid of the ice. I know, I know, but dang it, it works!

P.S. This blog post isn’t meant to be medical advice and as always, you should ask your doctor, particularly if you have any medical conditions.

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