Hydration Tips

3 minute read.

6 Tips for Getting All the Water You Need to Keep Your Body Strong and Healthy

Water is more than just hydrating before each race; for me it is a way of life! If you haven’t heard us rant about it yet...here we go! Water-Water-WATER!!!

Drink it!

There really is no better way to tell you about water and its importance then to start at the beginning. Your body is half water. That’s right, half of what you are composed of, is good ‘ole water. Your body’s water level is finicky and if it lowers by just a little bit, a lot can happen! When your body has less water than it needs it is called dehydration. Most people know this, but it’s easier than you think to become dehydrated. In one hour of exercise, it’s possible for your body to lose 1 quart of water. If you haven’t hydrated before exercise you might find yourself with one or all of these: muscle fatigue, loss of coordination, lower performance, cramps, less energy, and even heat exhaustion or heat stroke!

Guess what is crucial for energy transport and waste disposal in your body? WATER! Water helps in two ways: 1. Water helps your cells get rid of waste in your body; 2. Water helps you get rid of waste in the bathroom. Yes, I went there. Water keeps everything flushed out, enabling your body to expel waste and, therefore, lose weight and stay healthy.

Now, you are probably wondering, “How much water should I be drinking?” Well, this depends on who you are, but use this as a general guide and go from there.

Daily Water 91 ounces
Pre-Workout 17 ounces
Intra-Workout 21 ounces
Post Wrkout 16 ounces
Total 145 ounces

 

That works out to be a little over eight and a half (but let’s round up to nine) 16.9 oz bottles of water or six 24 oz water bottles. 

I know personally that this can be a lofty goal. I also know it will feel like you are going to have to pee every 20 minutes. But, your body will regulate, I promise.  

Here are a few tricks I use to make sure I am properly hydrated every day: 

1)  Find a fun cup and make it your Water Cup! I prefer a cup with a straw for my desk and something that is spill proof for my bike and car. I also run with a hand held water bottle. (Drinking out of designated, reusable water bottles will not only help you monitor the fluid ounce intake while training, at home or at work, but we are also helping to reduce plastic waste!)

2)  Start you day off with at least 10-20 oz before you do any grooming, etc. (We are trying to start good habits, ladies!)

3)  Drink water the way YOU like it! (Warm, room temp, cool, ice cold, tap, or filtered don’t let anyone tell you the way you drink water is wrong. Yes, there are slight benefits to each temperature, etc. but quantity is what we are going for here!)

4)  Balance! If I have a coffee or alcohol, I drink the same amount of water afterwards. (I am currently drinking a Venti Iced Americano while writing! Next, I go for a Venti H2O!)

5)  Mix it up! You can put lemon, mint, watermelon, peach slices, cucumber, or any favorite fruit in your water. Whatever you need to do to make you WANT water.

6)  Electrolyte Packs/Tabs are a great way to hydrate without all the sugar of sports drinks!

Yum yum

Back to blog

Got questions? We'd love to chat!

Reach us Monday-Saturday 9-6 PST


Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Find a Bicycle Warehouse Store Near You!

  • New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula, Riverside county's premier bike shop

    Celebrate New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Tem...

    There's nothing quite like the excitement of New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula! From the thrill of choosing your perfect ride to the joy of taking it on its...

    Celebrate New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Tem...

    There's nothing quite like the excitement of New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula! From the thrill of choosing your perfect ride to the joy of taking it on its...

  • New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula

    New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula

    There's nothing quite like the thrill of New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula! Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer to the world of biking, our celebration brings...

    New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula

    There's nothing quite like the thrill of New Bike Day at Bicycle Warehouse Temecula! Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer to the world of biking, our celebration brings...

  • Flexpoint Mountain Bike Suspension Technology

    Flexpoint Suspension Technology

    ShopUsing the flexing elements of the rear chainstay and seatstay, FlexPoint Suspension eliminates complex pivots and linkages to provide an effective, lightweight and durable suspension system that’s easy to maintain....

    Flexpoint Suspension Technology

    ShopUsing the flexing elements of the rear chainstay and seatstay, FlexPoint Suspension eliminates complex pivots and linkages to provide an effective, lightweight and durable suspension system that’s easy to maintain....

  • Discover the Top Benefits of the Ramblas Electric Mountain Bike

    Discover the Top Benefits of the Ramblas Electr...

    The Ramblas electric mountain bike (eMTB) from Aventon stands out as a premier Class 1 ebike, designed with cutting-edge technology and user-centric features. This ebike blends the thrill of mountain...

    Discover the Top Benefits of the Ramblas Electr...

    The Ramblas electric mountain bike (eMTB) from Aventon stands out as a premier Class 1 ebike, designed with cutting-edge technology and user-centric features. This ebike blends the thrill of mountain...

1 of 4