Should you drink water during the work-out?

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Should you drink water during the work-out?

Drinking water every day is necessary for the functioning of the body. Water is especially important for those who exercise because fluid is lost through sweat, so it needs to be replenished. But is it healthy to drink water during exercise? Experts state that it is necessary to drink water before, during and after training.

"The human body is 70%+ water and can't function properly without proper hydration every day. A properly hydrated person will perform better in the gym compared to a dehydrated person every time." writes Matt Morris, Master Trainer and Programming Manager.

The American College of Sports Medicine explained, "Adequate food and fluid should be consumed before, during, and after exercise to help maintain blood glucose concentration during exercise, maximize exercise performance, and improve recovery time.

Athletes should be well-hydrated before exercise and drink enough fluid during and after exercise to balance fluid losses." "The American College of Sports Medicine recommends to drink 16 ounces of extra water before you exercise, and to sip on 4-8 ounces during exercise, and another 16 ounces after exercise.

You can also weigh yourself before exercise and see how many pounds you lose. Drink 16 ounces afterward for every pound lost." says Jim White, RD, ACSM, and owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios

Dehydration, kidney stones and indigestion

Not enough water can cause many health problems such as dehydration, kidney stones and indigestion.

Water helps maintain normal body temperature and provides protection to the spine and tissues. During exercise, it helps maintain blood glucose concentration and improves recovery time. Therefore, athletes should be well hydrated before exercise and drink enough fluids during and after exercise to balance water loss, experts point out.

"If you have a hard time drinking water throughout the day, then set hydration events where you consume 16 to 20 ounces of water at a time throughout the day to help set yourself up for success!" The best way to check if you are drinking enough water daily is to pay attention to the color of your urine.

If the color is light yellow or colorless, it means that you have enough water in your body, but if the color is dark yellow or amber, it is an indication that you need to start drinking more water immediately.