Sure, most of us don't have to be as methodic as Rafa Nadal when it comes to hydration but, hey, lets take summer seriously and drink sufficient amount of water, particularly if you are working out consistently.
There is a very simple formula to calculate the appropriate personal intake every day. Take your bodyweight in pounds and split that amount in half. That gives you the recommended quantity that you need in ounces.
Lets take, for instance, somebody who weighs 80 Kilograms. Then, 80 kg equals 176 pounds, approximately. So, 176 ÷ 2 = 88 ounces. Then, as every litre of water contains 33 ounces, that person will need to drink at least 2 and half litres of water a day.
Is that too much water? No way! It's a matter of adapting your body to new healthy habits. What's the best time to drink water? Anytime, except within 30 minutes after meals, so as to facilitate digestion. Everyone is different, of course, but it's ok to have a point of reference when establishing the best times to drink water. Once you find a balanced timing, stick to it.
As an option, aggregate a little bit of himalayan salt or sea salt to your water, so as to secure that you won't flush the minerals of your body when going to the loo.
Now, how much salt is enough? Simple, if you can taste the salt it's because you probably added a bit too much of it.
Finally, just in case, remember that the water that comes with your regular coffee, wine, milk or any other form of liquid doesn't count into you recommended daily intake of water. All what we need is clean and plain water.
Even if you don't hit the target about drinking about half your bodyweight (in ounces) every day, make sure you don't sabotage your rights to hydrate properly.
For instance, if you are the kind of adult who drink less than a litre of pure water a day, keep in mind than such amount it might be sufficient just for the bodyweight of an average 9 y.o. child. (66 pounds ÷ 2). Something to think about.
Thanks for reading. Will