The truth about water and exercise: How much is too much?

If you're working out, it's obvious you need to drink a steady amount of water. But as with everything, it's possible to get carried away. Drinking too much water, or having it too close to your workout period, can be bad. What's the best balance?

The American Council on Exercise suggested that you drink water before, during and after the workout, changing the amount throughout. According to this source, you should have the most water before (as much as 20 ounces) and after (as much as 24 ounces for each lost pound). It also suggested pacing the amount of water consumed based on the work you do and the weight you lose, with a healthy amount of fluids during the exercise itself.

One of the major things to remember is how individual exercise really is, and that extends to hydration as well. Instead of sticking to some arbitrary number, the better tactic may be simply being more in touch with your own body. A specialist who can give you advice that fits exactly to your routine and body type, as well.

Are you taking too much water with you to the gym?Are you bringing too much water with you to the gym?

A big myth is the idea of drinking eight glasses of water a day. For more than a decade, experts have challenged this notion, suggesting that the eight glasses could be excessive, although a 2002 study implied that the results of this schedule could depend on the person's health, as well as his or her environment.

Confused about how much water to take with you to the gym? Qualified health care providers at Bronston Chiropractic and/or Community Care Clinic (the Medical Division of Bronston Clinics) will provide timely health information and strategies to keep you healthy. Contact us today to learn more and visit this page to find a location near you.