Are you drinking enough water for your body weight?
Women should generally drink about nine cups of water a day, or while men should aim for 13, according to the Mayo Clinic. That’s 72 ounces — more than two Nalgenes’ worth — for us ladies. But if you want to determine the exact amount you should be drinking by your body weight, it’s easy to do:
1. Take your weight (in pounds) and divide that by 2.2.
2. Multiply that number depending on your age.
- If you’re younger than 30, multiply by 40.
- If you’re between 30 and 55, multiply by 35.
- If you’re older than 55, multiply by 30.
3. Divide that sum by 28.3.
4. Your total is how many ounces of water you should drink each day. Divide that number by 8 to see your result in cups.
Are you drinking enough water for your activity level?
This one’s a no-brainer: Anyone who works out on a regular basis should be drinking more water than someone who’s sedentary. Aim to add 12 ounces of water to your daily intake for every 30 minutes you’re hitting the gym, the American College of Sports Medicine advises.
To calculate exactly how much water that is, follow these steps:
1. Divide the number of minutes you’ve exercised by 30.
2. Multiply that number by 12.
3. Add that to the result you got above to get the total amount of water you should drink per day.
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