From the latest ACSM Bulletin, more research was done to identify whether cold or hot water is better for overall hydration and regulating body temperature during exercise. Their conclusion? It doesn’t matter.
Previous research performed declared that hot water actually helps cool the body. Seems impossible, right? I’ve heard runners debate this issue over and over. The bottom line and theme of this entire topic is completely ignored.
The bottom line is… Drink enough water each day regardless of water temperature. My suggestion is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. I would also suggest that this is a minimum amount. If you sweat or expect to be in the sun for a long duration, drink more water. Yes, water is in food but it doesn’t count. Water is important for functional regulations in the body, such as body temperature regulation, removing waste and joint lubrication. If you consume a glass of water before each meal, you will become full faster and help maintain and healthy and lean body.
Make a habit to always carry a bottle of water or have an empty bottle on hand to make hydration on-the-go easier. Plus, it’s cheaper than that $5, 500-calorie caffeinating drink from “you know where”.