Daily Hydration: How Often Should I Drink Water?
Hydration, especially in the hot summer months, is important. For athletes, a 2 percent body-weight loss during exercise can start to affect performance. So how often should I drink water?
Water is best absorbed by the body when taken in consistently throughout the day and in small amounts. Downing a 16 ounce bottle of water floods the body with more than it can absorb at one given time, resulting in more being excreted. (Hello, bathroom trips!)
Related: How to Avoid Dehydration Before a Race
Instead, set a timer — such as the one on your phone — to go off every 60 minutes. When it goes off, take 3-6 gulps of water. Reset the alarm and forget about it. Let’s say you start at 7 a.m. By the time you have dinner, you could have had a minimum of 40 ounces of water.
And don't forget about race hydration, either.
Related: The Best Smart Water Bottles to Battle Dehydration
Daily hydration is Day 9 in our 31 High-Performance Habits Series.
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