You probably don't even realize it, but everything you've been taught about drinking water is a lie. You think you're hydrated? Think again.
Mistake #1: Drinking Water During Your Workout, But Not Before
Even if you sip on something regularly while you're at the gym, you may be prone to headaches if you haven't hydrated ahead of time, too. You should aim to drink at least eight ounces of water about half an hour before you exercise, says New York City-based trainer Larysa DiDio, founder of PFX Fitness.
Mistake #2: Drinking Eight Glasses a Day
It's time to kick this myth to the curb: The Institute of Medicine actually recommends 11.4 cups per day, although hydration needs vary from person to person. You can also get water from foods like fruits and veggies (an apple, for instance, can provide an entire cup of water), you may not need to guzzle as much if you're eating water-rich meals and snacks.
Mistake #3: Avoiding Drinks Like Coffee and Tea
It's a commonly held belief that coffee and tea are dehydrating because of their caffeine content—but that's a myth. While the caffeine in coffee and tea can be a diuretic—which causes fluid loss—the fluid in them typically makes up for it.
Mistake #4: Hydrating Too Infrequently
If you feel thirsty, then yes, you should probably drink water. Same goes for when you're exercising or it's hot outside. But—contrary to common belief—these aren't the only times when you need to rehydrate. You also need to hydrate while you're sitting at your desk at work, not just at the gym, I even have a sticky note on my computer that says, 'Drink water.'
Mistake #5: Confusing the Need for Water with the Need for Food
Drink before you eat to make sure your hunger pangs are actually, well, hunger pangs. Eat meals and snacks as you normally would—but also get into the habit of drinking plenty of water with them.
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