“So, exactly how much water am I supposed to drink a day?”
This is a hard question to answer as the amount of water that our body requires on a daily basis depends on several factors. From elevation, to physical activity, and body composition, the exact amount of water we need each day can vary from person to person. Growing up, we always heard that the rule of thumb was to drink 8- 8oz glasses of water a day, 64oz total. However, this was nothing more than a guideline, and this may not necessarily be the right amount for you, particularly being a Crossfitter or Femmefitter.
Throughout the day our body naturally loses water. As an athlete, our water loss levels increase as strenuous exercise promotes fluid loss, increasing the risk of dehydration. It also doesn’t help that living in El Paso, fluid losses are accelerated due to our warmer climate and high altitude. It has been found that by the time your mouth gets dry and your brain tells you that you are thirsty you are already approximately 2% dehydrated (minimal dehydration). That is not taking into consideration how long it takes you to replenish your water levels. Just to put things into perspective, a small amount of water loss can significantly impact performance, energy, and even mood in a negative manner; this means that that “measly” 2 percent loss can be responsible for the extra 10-15 seconds it took you to complete Fran or may be the reason why you missed that PR today.
Before gauging water consumption, it is important to understand that our body is composed of over 60% water; that’s a big chunk! This is why it is so important to be well hydrated at all times, not just right before or immediately after a workout. Doing so allows for proper functionality of all the systems in our body. We want to do everything in our power to help us reach our best times and best lifts. That is why a more accurate guideline to follow regarding daily water intake would be… Read More.