By: Chad Ruf, Director of Personal Training

Question: I hear that drinking a lot of water is important.  How much should I drink and why is it important?

 

Answer: People often ask this question and here is the answer.  The easiest way to calculate how much water you should drink is to take half your body weight and that number is the number of ounces you should be drinking a day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds you should drink about 60 ounces of water per day. Drinking enough water is important so you can increase your ability for your body to lose excess body fat. A well-hydrated body is more effective at mobilizing body fat to be used for energy. Another benefit of drinking enough water is in the elimination of toxins. If you drink enough water you will “flush” the toxins right out of your body.

Tips:

•    Make it a habit to drink two large glasses each morning when you wake up.
•    Keep a container of cold water at your desk each day so it becomes natural to drink.
•    Break the habit of soda with meals and go for water instead.
•    Limit large amounts of water right before bed as sleep is necessary for muscle repair and health.

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