Hint: It’s More Than You May Think
You may have heard that you need 8 cups of water a day. This is false. If you are only drinking 64 oz of water a day, there is a good chance that you will become dehydrated. So how much water do you really need?
Experts advise that the average male needs 125-130 oz (16 cups) of water per day, and the average female needs 91-95 oz (12 cups) of water per day. Notice the word “average” in here. When you are sweating, your body is expelling water. This means that you need to drink more water to make up for it. The body is excellent at regulating your water to prevent dehydration, but when you’re already putting it through a stressful circumstance, why challenge it even more?
So how much water do you really need? When you are an athlete, no matter where you’re at in your journey, you should aim to drink your body weight in water. For example, if you weight 120 lbs, your should aim for drinking 120 oz of water. As long as you are also getting enough sodium (which, who really struggles with lack of sodium anyway?) you will be properly hydrated and nourished. Your body will get rid of any water that it doesn’t need. It’s better to be over hydrated than dehydrated!