The days grow cold, the nights grow long, the cold winds are rising… Winter is Coming!
At least it should be, but this past weekend was ridicously hot. At the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania temperatures rose to the mid 80’s and 150 runners were examined for heat exaustion. Some athletes were placed on IV’s while others were rushed to local hospitals. The effect of the heat was so severe that race officials eventually canceled the days later races. So even though old man winter is just around the corner, now is not the time to forget about hydration.
Staying properly hydrated is important year round. Your body needs approximately 1 oz of water for every pound of body weight. For example, a 120lb athlete requires just under a gallon of water a day to stay properly hydrated.
One of the easiest ways to stay hydrated is to get a good water bottle. Having a water bottle with you at all times encourages you to drink water, even if your not thirsty. Thirst is a sign of dehydration, so drink water early and often to stay hydrated. I recomend the Nathan Fire and Ice bottle, which is insulated to keep your beverage at its desired temperature. It will keep your water cold, and your hot chocolate warm for those cold winter nights. Plus it looks good too.
So even though winter is coming, don’t forget about hydration. Your body needs water, no matter the time of year.