Thursday, December 18, 2008

Staying Hydrated During the Winter

Just because the temperature outside drops, and we are not sweating as much doesn't mean we should ignore fluid consumption! Yes, It is a constant battle to keep our bodies hydrated throughout the year. Especially during the winter when cold beverages don't seem as appealing as that 100 degree August afternoon. In fact, dehydration can be just as common in the winter as in the summer. Since our bodies aren't sweating as much it is easy to overlook the signs of dehydration. This can lead to cramps, exhaustion, muscle fatigue, and loss of coordination. Dehydration during the winter can also leave your body more susceptible to the common cold and flu.
So, what are some keys to staying hydrated and healthy through the winter? First, remember that the rules of hydration are the same in any weather. Keep in mind the signs of dehydration. Drink plenty of water, even before you are thirsty. Thirst is a good indicator that you are already on the path to dehydration.
Drink water before, during, and after workouts. Try to consume 1 to 2 cups of water at least an hour before a workout. Then try to consume 4-8 oz of fluid every 30 minutes of physical activity. A good bench mark is the color of your urine. It should be light or clear unless you are taking supplements, then you may notice some darker color. Don't forget to consume fluids throughout the entire day, especially post workout.
Another useful reminder is to drink a glass of water when you choose that hot Starbucks beverage to warm yourself up!!! KEEP DRINKIN' Trainer Todd

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