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How Much Water Should You Be Drinking

You may already know that 50-75% of your body is made up of water, so it should come as no surprise that we all need to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! Our bodies use water to function properly everyday, and when we exercise, we expel even more water through sweat. The more water you use, the more you need to replace. I'm not saying you need to drink 50% of your body weight in water every day - you may actually drown yourself - but you should be drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So, how much water should you be drinking?

Many people have heard that 8 glasses a day is the requirement everybody should follow... However, we all come in different shapes and sizes and follow different health and fitness routines, so it would make sense that we all have different water intake requirements too! Here is a formula to use in order to calculate how much water you should drink everyday. There are many different things to take into consideration (Salt intake, types of exercise, etc), but this is a great place to start: 

Divide your weight in pounds, by 2 to calculate your basic daily intake in ounces. 
Add 12 ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise. 

(weight in lbs / 2) + 12(minutes of exercise/30) = recommended ounces of water per day

Example: Somebody who weighs 150 pounds and exercises for 1 hour a day would need about 99 ounces of water per day. 

(150 / 2) + 12(60/30) = 99 


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