Most of us do not get enough water. Unless your doctor has told you differently, on average we should drink 96 ounces of water or about three quarts. I usually carry a 24 ounce water bottle with me and refill it four times a day. Remember that soda pop, coffee, and tea count for one-half the the ounces. Why is this important. From personal experience I can tell you I am less bloated and I lose weight better when my water intake is correct. Water helps our endocrine glands function properly, reduces fluid retention, improves liver function so you burn more fat, decreases appetite, helps regulate body temperature, and maintains proper blood volume. If you are an older woman like me sipping water during your workout can help keep you cool so hot flashes don't ruin your work out. Your workout will feel easier if you are hydrated. Studies have shown that even a two percent reduction in fluid loss will affect your performance. So Drink Up.
An easy plan to follow:
Start the day with 8-10 ounces of water.
Before lunch drink 20 ounces of water.
At mid-afternoon drink 20 ounces of water.
Before Dinner drink 20 ounces of water.
Before Bed drink another 8-10 ounces.
You should drink 8-16 ounces before your workout.