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How Much Water Should You Drink While Cycling?

A mature, African American couple riding mountain bikes in a state park, wearing helmets. They are taking a break, drinking from water bottles, smiling and looking up.

There are some cyclists that are under the belief that more water equals better performance when they ride. There are also those who feel a good drink of cold water should be a beloved reward when cycling. While how much water to drink is really up to personal preference, as with all things, science has some recommendations.

The Research

Researchers have taken to studying cyclists and their water imbibing habits, which has yielded some useful data. The study found that if you are prone to fast and short bicycle rides, you may actually want to lay off the water while in the activity. The research displayed that those who drank a lot of water on short rides ran a high risk of developing a stomach ache from fluid accumulating in the stomach alongside the water, leading to bloating.

Alternatively, if you are more of a long and leisurely cyclist, water consumption should follow a similar pace. The study shows that water consumed when thirst occurred shows that the cyclists put out better performance results than those that did not drink at all.

The Takeaway

So, in essence, it is better to enjoy water at your own pace, and that pace is when you actually feel thirsty. Overdrinking or not drinking any water is likely going to hurt not only your performance but also your body as well. So, like most doctors will say, drink water when you feel thirsty for a lifetime of happy cycling.

Bicycle Accident

Unfortunately, no amount of water that you drink will protect you from a cycling accident. If you have been hurt while on a ride, you deserve compensation just like a driver in a car accident. If you have been in a cycling accident, contact us today. The Law Office of Gary Brustin can help you get the compensation that your injuries deserve.

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