You may feel less of a physical need, but giving your body water is even more important in winter than in summer! Depending on your height, gender and lifestyle, it is recommended to drink between 1.5 and 3 litres of water per day, regardless of the season. After all, water is the source of life and the very foundation of a healthy organism. Moreover, did you know that the dehydration risks are even higher during the cold season? The body reacts to the cold by increasing its arterial pressure and, since the air that we breathe in winter is drier, our lungs have to work a lot harder.
DRINK BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER EXERCISE
Even if you do not sweat as much as in summer, it is essential to drink the same amount of water—if not more!—when you exercise in winter to avoid weakness or fatigue. To help you drink your fill, Cindy (@cindycournoyer) has a simple but perfectly effective suggestion: “Buy a nice bottle of water to encourage you to drink!”.
EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Fruits and vegetables are a great way to quench your thirst in winter, since they contain a high water percentage. Moreover, they are also extremely rich in vitamins and minerals, so why not have them?
DIVERSIFY YOUR WATER INTAKE
When you are cold and feel no desire to drink a large glass of water, do not hesitate to replace it with a cup of hot tea, a decaffeinated coffee (since caffeine is a diuretic, like alcohol, it increases the elimination of water through the urine), or even a bowl of your favourite soup!
Moreover, the body absorbs hot or warm drinks more slowly than cold drinks; they are therefore much more effective in maintaining a good body temperature.
WEAR MULTIPLE LAYERS OF CLOTHES
Running or exercising outdoors when temperatures drop below zero can be disconcerting when it comes to choosing your sports outfit. The key, in winter, is to multiply the layers! Moreover, nothing is worth a light, well insulated and pretty coat to wrap it all up and keep you dry.
ADD A TOUCH OF FLAVOUR TO YOUR BOTTLE
Meghan (@meghanyuriyoung) could not have said it better: “Of course, I drink a lot of water. I love the taste and how it makes me feel. When I do not drink enough, I suffer from cramps and fatigue. I know, however, that some people prefer other liquids than good old H2O. Just add a few slices of orange, cucumber or any other fresh produce you like, and you will get a refreshing and delicious drink that is also great for your health. Water is the key to success in physical training!”
Be creative and have fun trying out different combinations, or get inspired by our favourite recipes!