Should I drink water while working out in gym during cardio sessions?
There is a plethora of factors that can determine an athlete's daily hydration needs-including their conditioning level, nutrition, climate and the specific workout (a short sprint versus a 30-minute met-con). However, if you are looking for a general guidelines, follow this formula:
-Your body weight (in pounds) x 0.5-1.0 = the number of ounces of water you should be drinking per day.
-Drink 15-20 ounces of water about two hours prior to working out.
-15-30 minutes before your workout, drink 10-16 ounces of water.
The next thing to keep in mind is to not drink your daily water requirement all in one go. If you drink too much plain water in one sitting, you may develop a rare condition called hyponatremia. This occurs when there is not enough sodium in the body, and usually comes about when athletes (particularly endurance athletes) drink too much water. If your sodium levels in your body are too low, then your cells begin to swell with water, expanding your brain tissue and putting pressure on the brain. On top of that, it may also cause your lungs to fill with fluid. Symptoms of hyponatremia can include headache, vomiting and swelling of the hands and feet.
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