Cold Weather Hydration

It is finally getting to be a reasonable temperature here in Florida.  It said it was 74o in my truck today.  For the rest of the country, you guys have probably been feeling this season called “Fall” a lot sooner than I have.  In Florida, it goes from hot to cold, back to hot.  Everyone knows when you are sweating a lot; you need to drink a lot.  But, what do you do for cold weather?  Even if your pits aren’t like waterfalls, hydration is more crucial in cold weather than you think.

In hot weather, your body naturally needs to cool itself off by perspiration.  This perspiration is water and a bunch of other minerals that your body secretes.  It is a lot easier to get dehydrated in hot weather because you do sweat so much more.  However, when it is colder out, you do not feel that need to drink as much because you are not as hot.  You should be wearing long sleeves and long pants (depending on how cold it is…in layers as well).  The layers insulate the body and heat it up, producing conditions much like regular, warm weather.

A good rule of thumb is to drink about 12 fl. Oz 2 hours before training and then another 12, 30 minutes before.  It’s a good idea to keep drinking during exercise every 10 – 15 minutes.  Remember, if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  If you look around the pro pits during SX, all of the riders have a water bottle and they sip on it all day long.

Get in the habit of this because you will be able to train harder and longer because you don’t have cotton mouth.  A solid starting point for your hydration is to drink your 8 glasses of water a day.  This will ensure that you have plenty liquid in you.  If you replace your caffeinated sodas or energy drinks with a bottle of water, you will be glad you did at the end your moto.

Posted on Nov 11 2009, under Nutrition | No Comments »

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