Staying hydrated in the winter can be more challenging than in warmer temperatures because we are not as conscious of how much fluid we lose through our skin because it’s not hot and we are not sweating and the heat isn’t really making us thirsty. Below are a few tips on how to stay hydrated during the day.
On A Hike
Before embarking on the hike, you should drink one or two cups of water. Your body only begins to feel thirsty when the water level is already low, meaning you shouldn’t wait for the body’s “thirsty” signal before drinking. Instead, keep your water level from dropping in the first place by hydrating pre-hike.
Snack on fruits & veggies. Drinking water is not the only way to hydrate your body. In fact, about 20% of our daily consumption of liquids comes from solid foods – so bring some celery sticks and baby tomatoes to munch on during your breaks! Other wonderfully hydrating fruits and veggies include melons, cucumbers, grapefruit, carrots, strawberries, and cauliflower. And these are yummy in your water bottle too.
Did you know an average-sized person will burn over 150 calories per hour while house hunting? That’s the same amount a person would burn going for a 20-minute jog or leisurely bike ride, or gardening for 30 minutes, activities that make a person thirsty. Keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day can help you drink more water. In warmer weather climates such as Knoxville real estate, homeowners leave bottled water out for prospective buyers! Maybe you can adopt this random act of kindness by leaving some water bottles on the porch for the mail carrier if you work from home or at the reception desk if you work in an office.
Pausing to drink water during exercise shouldn’t impact your workout — unless you’re seriously overdoing it. Consider following this hydration schedule: 16 ounces of water two hours before training, 8 ounces of water five to ten minutes before your workout, and then eight to ten ounces of water, as needed, every 20 minutes while you’re jumping, planking, running, you name it. If you’re concerned or feel drained during an intense session, start weighing yourself before and after. You should weigh the same if you drank enough H20.
Reusable water bottles with infusers are best since drivers can add fruits and vegetables for flavoring, which increases not only the probability of them drinking water, but also adds antioxidants and other health benefits.
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluids than it takes in. For most people, drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and rehydrate. Other options include coffee, tea, milk, fruits, vegetables, and oral hydration solutions. Don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor if you’re concerned about your or someone else’s hydration status.
Staying hydrated throughout the day is key to operating at your maximum productivity and efficiency as a business owner, freelancer, entrepreneur, etc. Your body needs water to thrive and your business needs you to thrive. So drink up!