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Fit Tip: Hydrate Before Exercise

At my gym, you are required to bring water to a spin class, because an hour of profuse sweating means you are going to have to sip regularly to stay hydrated. But here's a thought: Make sure you start you workout well hydrated. This will seriously improve your performance and help your precious bottle of water last a little longer during your workout.

To do this you need to stay hydrated during the nonexercise times of your day, and if you exercise daily you will be drinking more than the average sedentary Joe or Jane. Lance Armstrong's coach Chris Carmichael recommends drinking around a gallon of water a day – that's 128 ounces – not including the fluids you drink while exercising. If you are planning on sweating later, go ahead and drink up now.

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pureperfection pureperfection 9 years
i remember there was once in school when i ran dehydrated. my friend told me that i looked SUPER PALE! i lied on the grass and cannot walk, felt like puking and got really dizzy. at last, i slept on the bench for half an hour under the shady trees and got better. ITS REALLY IMPORTANT! IVE LEARNED MY LESSON!
kia kia 9 years
Chug chug, summer is on the way.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
H2O all the way.
blue-skies blue-skies 9 years
I agree with you, Cbanddoorn! I try to drink small amounts often rather than just gulp down half the bottle in one go. I often feel that I actually only want quite a small amount of water. Too much and I just need to pee!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
The only thing I don't like about this is that I have to pee more during my work outs. Especially during those 3 hour bike rides.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
You should definitely start your workout hydrated because once you start sweating, it's very difficult to replenish the water you're losing fast enough. I try to drink a good amount of water before I start working out, but since I work out first thing in the morning it's sometimes hard to get all my water in. So I try to drink water afterwards to make up for it. Oh, and don't forget that if you sweat a LOT, you should replace your electrolytes as well because otherwise, you could get hyponatremia.
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