Hydration is often stressed, but it can be confusing as to how often and how much water you should drink. Many individuals choose to walk around with a gallon jug of water and sip it down throughout the day, while others only drink water when exercising. Which is more efficient? Is either of these a viable method of hydration?

Drinking 8 cups of water a day is considered enough to keep the body hydrated for a large number of fitness seekers. While this may be true, when you drink is just as important as how often you drink. Drinking a large amount of water before and during a workout does very little to hydrate a dehydrated body. You will likely experience paralyzing stomach cramps that can make it impossible to complete an exercise. Give your body the time it needs to absorb water for proper hydration.

Proper Hydration for Intense Training

A hydrated body can withstand hardcore training regimens and is less likely to fail. A dehydrated body is weak, unable to function, and prone to injury. Common symptoms of dehydration are nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, muscle cramps, and dizziness. Proper hydration for intense training goes as follows:

  • Drink up to 20 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before a workout
  • Drink 8 ounces of water 20 to 30 minutes before warming up
  • Drink up to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during a workout
  • Drink another 8 ounces of water no later than 30 minutes after a workout

Those who wait for a workout to begin to start hydrating are doing their body a disservice. They will likely feel bloated and find themselves gasping for breath at the end of the workout. We urge that you speak with your doctor if you have any specific questions regarding water consumption.

Make sure you hydrate your body before you perform an HIIT class, your body will thank you. PumpFit Club offers HIIT classes in Fort Lauderdale that are designed to burn stubborn belly fat, define abs, and improve overall muscle strength. Contact us today to find out you can register for a free HIIT class!