Hello from Contigo HQ –
It’s a question that you probably don’t think about often- maybe when you’re thirsty or on a super hot summer day. How much water should I really drink?
Staying hydrated by drinking water is often an overlooked and easy part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One, water is proven to have a number of health benefits and two, it keeps you from drinking unhealthy and sugary items like soda and booze.
Everyone knows that old way of thinking; I should drink 8 glasses of water (aka 64 ounces) to stay hydrated. If you are following this rule, then great! At least you’re already in the habit of being conscious of your water consumption. If not, then we have a ways to go.
But is the message we all heard growing up accurate?
Here’s an example that can help put that old way of thinking in perspective. Should a 130lb woman who runs 4 miles every day drink the same as an inactive 130lb woman? Or how about a 200lb bodybuilder vs. a 170lb office worker who is stationary for most of the day?
If you answered no they should not drink the same amount, then come on down- you’re the next contestant on the Price is Right. Ok, not really, but you see what we’re saying.
New research has shown that in order to stay hydrated you should take your weight, divide it in half and drink that many ounces of water a day. Then, depending on how active you are, drink up to your entire weight in ounces a day.
This means a 160 pound person would start with a goal of drinking 80 ounces of water a day. Then you would need to factor in your activity level. So if you are an avid runner, you might be drinking 160 ounces of water during a hot summer day. If you have a lazy day on the couch watching Netflix, you probably don’t need much extra.
Now this isn’t to say if you don’t drink half your body weight, you’ll be dehydrated and wither away. You won’t. But it is good to have a baseline to know where you should be around each day.
Also, make sure that you’re doing your part and drinking all of this water from a reusable water bottle or travel mug. We don’t want to contribute to the growing plastic waste problem with tons of disposable plastic water bottles. If you need a recommendation, this giant 40 oz. will keep you from having to fill up often. If you want to keep it really cold, we would recommend this option.
We obviously have quite a few options to choose from, so make sure you find something that you like. It’ll make your new hydration habit a lot easier.Back to Blog Home