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Water: a necessity of life, but, how much should you drink?
I am super bad about drinking water unless I’m at a resturant or at school. I don’t know what that is, maybe I just don’t want to get off the couch JUST to get water. However, once I started doing an outside sport, I’ve learned how important drinking water is. My coach just tells us drink three ‘jumbo’ water bottles a day and you will be set, but I always wondered how much is the amount I actually should drink?
According to the Mayo Clinic , you should drink 2.2 liters of water daily. Yes, 2.2, so basically those family sized soda bottles. Well, most of our beloved Tervis Tumbler don’t have measurements indented in them, so what does this mean?
Most water bottles hold anywhere from 36 ounces to 16 ounces. Your cute Victoria Secret water bottle holds 32 ounces, while the aforementioned Tervis Sports Bottle holds 20, and regular Tervis holds 16.
If you have the larger (36 oz.) water bottle, your day is easy. Just one bottle between two classes. Let’s use an “A” day as an example. You would drink one water bottle during set 1 and 2, fill it up during break, and then drink that bottle between sets 3 and 4.
However, if you have a 20 oz. water bottle. You should drink one water bottle in every class. If you have a 16 oz. water bottle, you should also drink a cup in every class, plus one cup at lunch.
These little changes are not that hard to achieve supreme hydration. Also, don’t be alarmed if you have to go to the bathroom at least once a class. I’ve been known to go twice a class sometimes, which is not bad at all- it just annoys the teachers.
These guide lines are for the water intake of the whole day. So, if you don’t drink any water at home, or you have a sport after school, this is perfect for you! However, you HAVE to keep this up, not only does the water you don’t drink that dehydrate you, but the water you didn’t drink the day before dehydrates you.
Not only can these simple changes keep you hydrated, but drinking water has also been linked to causing higher metabolism- plus a few cute water bottles never hurt anyone.