Getting Ready For 2010 – Part 1 – Water

Over the next four days, I will detail my plan of attack for 2010.  I’m excited and ready for the challenges of a new year.  2009 is almost gone.  It was a difficult year, health wise, for old NCN, but I’m back, and more determined than ever to get in shape.

Water –

According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult needs between 2 and 3 liters of water, per day, to stay hydrated.  This includes plain water and water that is contained in various foods.  This water consumption calculator over at About:Nutrition suggests that, for someone my weight who plans to workout / exercise 90 minutes per day, I need as much as 4 liters of water per day.  Other articles I’ve read suggest 8 cups of water per day, plus an additional cup for each 25 pounds that a person is “over their desired weight”.  For me, that would mean 8 cups + 4 cups, or 12 cups of water per day.  12 cups equal 96 ounces.

A liter is equal (roughly) to 33.5 ounces.  So, it looks like I need to drink between 3 and 4 liters of water each day.  That’s between 12 and 16 cups of water.  Knowing my proclivity to eat a bit more sodium than I should, I’m going to shoot for 14 cups of water, per day.

Drinking this much water means that I will not have room for other “drinks”.  I am (once again) giving up sodas (and caffeine).  Frankly, I’ve grown tired of how sodas make me feel, and I’m actually looking forward to going water-only again.

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Please note – I will also count “water” from other sources, such as fruits and vegetables.  Too much water can be dangerous, so I will not go crazy.  I’ll simply replace the soda / tea / coffee that I used to drink with water, and hydrate before and after exercise.  I am not a physician, nor do I play one on the internet, so do your own research to determine what you should eat or drink.

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1 comment to Getting Ready For 2010 – Part 1 – Water

  • Adagia

    While trying to get that 14 cups of water in, remember it doesn’t all have to come as a glass of water. Liquid in your milk counts, as does liquid in your veggies. We actually get a lot of water thru our food, so don’t overdo it and over hydrate yourself (it can be done!) If I were to guess, 7 cups of plain water plus the liquids you get in your food will probably be plenty. A better indicator that you are getting enough is whether your urine runs clear or yellow. Clear being the goal.