Avoid Over-Hydrating Yourself

Avoid Over-Hydrating Yourself

How Much Water Should You Drink per Hour During Intense Exercise Sessions?

  • 1 Gallon
  • 1.5 Gallons
  • 2 Quarts
  • 1.5 Quarts

Answer: 1.5 Quarts

Believe it or not, drinking too much water while you work out can be just as dangerous as not drinking enough water. In fact, it can be fatal. Never drink more than 1.5 quarts of water an hour while you are engaged in an intense physical activity. Why? Because more than that can induce a condition called exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH), which can lead to a coma or death.

It also helps if you consume salt while you are drinking water and working out because it’s an imbalance of sodium in the brain that leads to EAH. How can you make sure you are drinking enough liquids, but not too much? Try a natural sports drink that includes sodium. Keep it in a quart bottle and don’t drink more than one bottle per hour.