Even in the winter, hydration is still important.
Hydration is a big topic during the summer, especially when you are training or partaking in outdoor sports because these activities in warmer weather lead to increased sweating. As a result, it's a challenge to stay hydrated. However, during the winter, it's actually more difficult to know that your body is sweating.
The winter season brings a lot of changes, and because of the cooler temperatures, you may feel that your body doesn’t need the same amount of fluids as it did during the summer season. The perception of not needing more hydration during winter can be due to less perspiration and decreased thirst, but drinking enough water keeps your body warm, healthy, and comfortable. Staying hydrated while training during the winter can also boost your immune system.
Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated during the winter:
Know the signs and symptoms of dehydration.
In winter, aside from feeling thirsty, you can observe yourself for these signs: dry or chapped skin and lips, low blood pressure, feeling faint or tired, and dark-colored urine. When you are experiencing any of this, make sure to hydrate yourself immediately.
Always have a bottle of water with you.
If you’re only doing shorter sessions, you don’t need to drink too much assuming that you’re well-hydrated before you started. However, it is highly recommended that you always keep at least a bottle of water available with you.
Maintain proper nutrition and hydration from the start.
Winter or not, remember to keep proper nutrition and hydration at the forefront. If you are bored just drinking plain water, add a squeeze of fresh fruit to mix up the flavor! Also try eating fluid filled foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Soups also have a high water content! Remember, food and water ensure that the body gets enough heat for a normal temperature. Listen to your body and monitor your hydration status whenever you are training.
Stay hydrated and on top of your game even in the winter season. Don’t forget your water and always have a hydration pack with you while you train. Check out Orange Mud for your winter training needs!