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Human body is made up of around 60 percent of water, and we all know we have to drink to stay healthy and functional. Many myths, nonetheless, exist about a daily amount of water that we have to consume. We all know that we lose water through perspiration, and we sweat more when we are exercising. Regardless of what we know about fitness and drinking water a few myths exist.

1. Some people believe that they need to drink at least one liter of water after they exercise. It is fundamentally wrong since the amount of water one would need would directly depend on the amount lost during the workout. In order to determine the amount one could measure their weight just before exercising and afterwards. The difference in weight would mean the lost amount of water (not bodily fat).

2. drinking-water-exercisingLikewise, it is wrong to believe that you do not need to drink if you don’t feel thirsty. The fact is that we only feel thirsty if we lack 0.5-1 litter of water and we do not feel like it if we need more than this amount. One of the best ways to figure out whether your body requires extra water is checking the urine color. If the color is very pale you’ve been drinking too much water, when it’s dark your body is dehydrated (except if you’re taking vitamin B). Some experts believe that consuming water impacts us much less that it is anticipated. The argument is that the quantity of water we drink is not that significant in comparison to an amount of fluids our bodies are made up of.

3. It is a popular believe that special drinks made for athletes must be consumed after an exercise session. In reality the kind of drinks you would need depends on the intensity of exercising. Whereas for professional athletes custom made drinks are needed, for the rest of us drinking regular cool water is adequate. Having said that, someone who sweats closely during exercising can be losing a big amount of mineral salts. In that case water enriched with mineral salts would be highly appropriate.

4. Many believe that drinking juice after exercising is the best. Juice after a workout is only good if one is trying to gain wait, since they are rich in nutrients, otherwise it is better to consume water or diluted juice.

5. There is a conviction that drinking water throughout or shortly after a training session is bad to your heart. While it is true that drinking loads or cold water throughout an exercise session has a destructive effect to your coronary heart, it has been proven that consuming cool or warm water in reasonable amounts helps takes the pressure off the heart.

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