Drink that water, stay hydrated


The espinner virtual instructor reminds me to drink my water.

Today I rode the espinner at the work gym. I did about 45 minutes of climbing. The virtual instructor (I have yet to figure out his name) reminded me many times to drink water. In regular classes with a live instructor usually the teacher will remind you to drink water. I personally don’t need to be reminded. I need that water as much as I need a towel to wipe off my sweat.

Go Fit Girl! explored water intake for a majority of the posts last week. It seems pretty simple, drink a decent amount of water, stay hydrated and you will receive many great benefits.

I talked about how on average I drink 80 ounces of water a day, which is 10 servings. My doctor had told me if I drank about 60 ounces a day she would be happy with that.

According to this article from the Mayo Clinic you should drink about 64 ounces of water a day. Also known as the 8X8 rule.

Is it possible to drink too much water?

According to About.com, drinking too much water is called water intoxication. The kidneys of a healthy adult can process 15 liters of water a day. (If I did my math correctly, and it is possible that I didn’t, 15 liters of water is about 510 ounces of water, which is about 64 servings of water.) That’s a lot of water!

According to Wikipedia, water intoxication, also known as hyper-hydration, water poisoning, or overhydration, is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits by over-consumption of water.

I don’t  think any of us are in jeopardy of drinking too much water or having water intoxication.

Keep hydrated!

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  1. I read a story years ago about water intoxication. A girl in Phoenix died from this after taking street drugs that made her crave it. She literally drowned her lungs. I don’t remember how much she drank, but it must have been a LOT more than an average (sober) person would drink! Another reason to stay off drugs.

    I drink a gallon a day, I am safe!

  2. I’m definitely not close to water toxicity, but I have a hard time drinking water during certain workouts. The worst are ones that involve a lot of jumping or any kind of down-ward facing position like burpees (http://www.rosstraining.com/articles/burpeeclip.htm). In those cases, water just makes me feel like I might lose my lunch (or breakfast, as the case may be). I try to just sip little bits of water to stay hydrated, but eek. 🙂

    • I had no idea what that exercise was called. Why is it called that? And those things are evil!