So, you're continuing with your exercise regime even throughout the winter season – good for you! Having trouble keeping your electrolytes flowing? Here are our top tips on how to stay hydrated properly during your winter workouts, despite the dryness of the season.
Tips to Stay Hydrated During Your Winter Workouts:
Measure Your Water Intake
Yes, of course, drinking water is the key to keeping hydrated – but how much water exactly? According to a 2004 hydration study, seven to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise will help you stay properly hydrated. We recommend using a measured Glisodin Shaker Bottle to easily keep track of your water intake.
Add Precision Hydration to your water to help you hydrate better and faster than H2O alone. With various strengths to choose from (depending on your level of athleticism), this unique product quickly replenishes electrolytes lost from your system during a winter sweat session, without the unwanted calories that can lurk in hydrating sports drinks. For best results, add one dissolving tablet to a glass or bottle of water immediately following your workout.
Turn to fruits like bananas and dates, both of which are a great source of electrolytes and fluids, to help keep your hydration levels up during your winter workouts. The high levels of potassium in many fruits help to refuel during an intense workout, as well.
Monitor Your Hydration
It's hard to stay hydrated if you can't tell when the opposite is happening. Here are some easy tips to help you determine your hydration level:
Check the toilet. Is your pee dark or bright yellow? This means you're dehydrated. Urine should be pale yellow or clear when properly hydrated.
Pinch yourself. Your skin’s elasticity is highly related to hydration. Pinch your arm with your thumb and forefinger; if your skin takes a while to "spring" back to normal, you may be dehydrated.
Weigh yourself. Step on the scale before and after your winter workout; for each pound lost during exercise, drink an additional 16 ounces of fluid. If your body weight change is 3 percent or more, you may be experiencing significant to serious dehydration.
We hope your winter workouts continue progressing – and that you stay hydrated well into the summer and beyond!