How Much Water Should You Be Drinking? – BowlFit Tips

For this week’s fitness tip I decided to cover a little bit of nutrition with recommendations for hydration. I recently have been helping an individual on a weight loss program that is chronically dehydrated and was so used to it that she really had no idea. This is actually true for almost 90 percent of the population. The truth is many of the fluids we drink dehydrate us requiring even more H20 to just get back to equilibrium. That said the old recommendation of 64oz/day should be the MINIMUM but is certainly not enough for most. I typically recommend aiming for 90oz/day. Of course body weight and activity level will change that a bit. You can literally google water intake calculators and there are a ton of sites that help you get an accurate calculation. For activity level you’ll want to add about 12 ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise you engage in.

Another issue people have with water intake is they complain that when they drink more water, they have to rush to the bathroom frequently. This is going to be multiplied if you drink coffee or tea as they will act as diuretics and cause you to lose more water. So if you are a coffee drinker, add another 12-16oz to your daily goal for every cup you drink! Going to the bathroom frequently may happen at first because your body isn’t used to the proper fluid intake- it is used to dumping it and being in a state of hydration. Give it a few days and your body should adjust and you’ll find more energy, better sleep, and most likely weight loss from being hydrated.

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About Heather –

Heather D’Errico MS, CSCS, CFSC, LMT

Heather began BowlFit in 2013 with the hope to provide awareness to bowlers about how crucial training off the lanes truly is. She has been an avid bowler her entire life competing as a collegiate bowler for Robert Morris University, assistant coaching at the University of Central Missouri, and now head coaches at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.

She obtained a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on exercise science and interned with the head strength coach at UCM. She became a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through NSCA shortly after graduation and began coaching athletes at Next Level Strength and Conditioning in Fairport, NY.

In October 2015 she received her certified functional strength coach certification and then went back to school in July 2016 for massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and runs a business called Restorative Bodywork in Rochester, NY that specializes in movement therapy and sports massage.

Heather has also been competing on the PWBA tour the last 3 seasons and continues to use her experiences as a competitive and professional bowler to create programs for bowlers. She enjoys the challenges of making programs specific to each bowler as every person needs to focus on different areas for their performance goals. With that said her training motto is “do no harm” and believes each program should most importantly make a bowler FEEL better and play with minimal injuries/pain.

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