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True or False: Drinking Water Before Working Out Causes Cramps

True or False: Drinking water before (and during) exercise will lead to cramps.

FALSE! The truth is that cramps can be a symptom of dehydration and drinking water will help ensure that you are not dehydrated, which will ultimately reduce your risk of getting cramps. Most people wait until they are thirsty to drink water, but that is not the best idea, especially when exercising. So here are some tips on keeping hydrated while working out:

  • Drink 8 oz of water 20 to 30 minutes prior to exercising.
  • Drink 4-8 oz of water every 10 to 15 minutes during exercise.
  • Drink an additional 8 oz of water within 30 minutes after exercising.
  • Drink 16 oz (2 cups) of water for every pound of body weight lost after exercise.

How much water should you be drinking on a daily basis? Check out my Fit Calculator to find out.

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