As people who like to train on a consistent basis, we know that water intake is an important part of our training regimen. However, some people don’t realize just how crucial water actually is to our training. Water contains several benefits for us, both physically and mentally. Considering our bodies are made up of about 60% water, there is almost always a constant need for water in our body. The key is knowing the appropriate amount of water we need to be consuming. Are we supposed to consume the classic eight 8 ounces a day, or does this number vary based on us as an individual?

The first step to ensuring that our body has the proper amount of water, is knowing how to calculate exactly how much water we need. Most of us have heard the overused phrase of “drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day”. Yet, that number might not actually be accurate for most of us. The recommendation is to drink half an ounce to an ounce of water for every pound you weigh. So if you weigh 150 pounds you should be drinking anywhere between 75-150 ounces of water a day.

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