Her post was especially interesting for me since one of my goals for 2012 is to only drink water and black coffee on a regular basis. I have gotten caught up in diet soft drinks, flavored water mix-ins, etc. and feel like I need a little simplicity when it comes to hydration. After setting my goal, I have decided to tweak it a bit though. I will occasionally have a water mix-in (Crystal Light) or Gatorade (summer long runs, etc.), but water will be the main source of my hydration.
I also thought the formula she posted regarding water intake was interesting:
Half your weight (in ounces) + 3 cups per 30 minutes of exercise (1 cup before, 1 during, 1 after)
If I follow this rule of thought, I need to consume approximately 138 ounces of water per day.
- Half my weight: 180 pounds/2 = 90 ounces
- One hour of exercise: 2*(3 cups) = 2*(24 ounces) = 48 ounces
- 90 ounces + 48 ounces = 138 ounces!
I know for fact that I am not consuming anywhere near that amount on a daily basis. I have decided to start tracking this better. I have 2 24-ounce Tervis' at work that I will now use to drink water at work. My goal is to consume at least 4 cups each day - 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. That should put me well on the way to getting enough water each day!