Real Fitness Training is based on four pillars that we believe are most important when it comes to health. Nutrition. Education. Mindset. Movement.
Our purpose is to educate our clients and the local community around us about the importance of nutrition for optimal health. Now heading into the colder months, this includes the importance of hydration and why our bodies need water now more than ever.
There are many reasons as to why staying hydrated in winter is just as important as it is in summer however I am going to touch on four main reasons.
To boost our immune system even though temperatures are much colder, the winter also brings much drier air, which can unexpectedly lead to dehydration. This in turn can cause your body to feel sluggish and run-down, with muscle fatigue sometimes being a side effect. This can also cause you to become more susceptible to certain illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu. When you drink plenty of water, you actually give your body the fluids it needs to fight off these illnesses.
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 vapour 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.
The colder weather of winter is often used as an excuse to exercise less and eat more. This can lead to weight gain, which can be further exacerbated by not drinking enough fluids. 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.
Your body uses water to help maintain its temperature during both the summer and the winter. Not having enough fluids can cause your core temperature to drop, sometimes dramatically. In fact, one of the biggest reasons people suffer hypothermia is that they become dehydrated while staying outside for extended periods of time. Drinking plenty of fluids can help avoid this and actually aid in keeping you warmer. Avoid colder drinks if you can, however. Warm or room temperature fluids are best for the body on especially cold days.
As you can see, there are a number of important reasons why staying hydrated is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Consuming plenty of fluids can help alleviate any issues that might arise and go a long way towards keeping you healthy too. As an overall view, being aware of the cues your body is sending you, and drink plenty of fluids each day will help in many ways. Always keep a water bottle close by, using a 1L water bottle is the easiest way to measure your daily intake.
Stay hydrated everyone.