26 Jan WINTER HYDRATION
Trainer’s Tip – Hannah Sine, PT
Everyone understands the importance of drinking lots of fluids during the warmer months, but did you know it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the winter? Unlike in the summer, when the hot weather can make us sweat profusely, dehydration is much less noticeable in the winter. Perspiration tends to turn to water vapor very quickly, and extra layers of clothing–combined with the drier air–can cause our bodies to dehydrate without us even realizing that it’s happening.
Sometimes we don’t even necessarily feel thirsty. That’s why you should be drinking fluids throughout the day, especially before, during, and after exercising. Because the effects can often be more subtle during the winter, it is important to work pre-emptively to avoid any problems.
When properly hydrated, your body is far more efficient at breaking down fats and converting them to energy, which is helpful on those short winter days when it feels like we should be going to bed earlier. Staying hydrated will also prevent your body from retaining fluids. If it doesn’t have enough water, your body will stubbornly hold on to the fluids it has, which can result in weight gain as well.
Finally, no matter which season you’re in, avoid caffeinated beverages or alcohol while rehydrating, as both can do more harm than good. Other than that, be aware of the cues your body is sending you, and drink plenty of fluids each day. PS. Setting a drinking goal for yourself each day, will help you stay on track.