During winter months, we often tend to forget we can get dehydrated. As cooler weather approaches we often remember to bundle up, but we don’t really consider hydration to be an issue during this season. When we exercise during the cooler months, our bodies do not get as hot and the sweat that is produced by our bodies evaporates more quickly. In other words, we don’t have that physiological stimulus to drink like we do when it’s hot outside. In addition to that, we lose fluids through our respiratory system as well. When it’s cold enough to see our own breath, what we’re actually seeing is water vapor that is leaving our bodies. So, as we workout more intensely, we lose more water as we breathe. Add heavier clothing to this and our body works twice as hard to keep up as we sweat more.
Why is important for us to stay hydrated?
Because our bodies are made up of 60% of water and is vital for us to be hydrated to ensure proper organ function and digestion. Water helps transport fat, oxygen and glucose to our muscles, regulates your body temperature and eliminates waste products. A good measure to see if you’re hydrated properly is the same in the winter as during the summer, your urine will be clearer. (Not cool to talk about Urine, we know!)
How can we stay hydrated, the same way we do in the summer months?
1) Carry around a water bottle and constantly drink out of it throughout the day.
2) Eat foods that are made up of water (water-enriched) fruits and vegetables.
Fruits: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, cranberries
Vegetables: Zucchini, radishes, celery, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers, spinach and broccoli
3) Wear the appropriate clothing so your body can perform the task you’re asking it to do.