How to stay hydrated during those cold months! Training for warriors PDX
Today I’m talking about recovery. This is pretty key because our gym is in Portland and it’s cold and a bit dark here. We’re north of the 45th parallel, so a lot of people are talking about feeling down and a bit bluesy.
Recovery through hydration
In the warmer months, we’re active and sweating outdoors (or in the gym!) and drinking water regularly. When it’s cold and you’re not as active, you don’t feel that need to hydrate as much as you normally do. Inside, we’re layered up and don’t notice that water loss as much.
If you aren’t noticing it, then you probably aren’t drinking as much as you typically do. SO, make sure you keep a bottle of water handy so you can measure.
Based on your body weight, the amount of water you need to drink may be a little different. All I do is take a tiny, imperceptible amount of unrefined Celtic sea salt and sprinkle it into my large water bottle. I keep a little box of sea salt at the office.
This mineralizes the water and gives it a little bit of texture/body, which keeps the water in your body a little bit longer. So it allows you to stay hydrated and mineralized... with a smaller amount of liquid. I put that TINY LITTLE PINCH of sea salt into every 34 oz bottle I drink.
If you don’t like the taste of water (which is pretty common!) you can use herbal tea to make it easier on yourself.
How much water?
Personally, I want to go through 3 of these each day. If I work out, I will go through 1 extra, to make up for the water loss. I drink one when I get to the office and keep track as the day goes by. I also put about 5 g of creatine in my first water bottle because that has some additional benefits as well. I shoot for about 100 ounces of water per day.
I want YOU to think about how you’re going to recover and what you are doing to hydrate.
It’s just as important as the other things you’re working on over these winter months:
- the sleep
- don’t forget the good water!
Hydration is easy to forget when you’re drinking a lot of coffee to stay warm. If you’re like me, you love your coffee. That’s totally fine- I‘m not trying to take any coffee away from you! Just don’t forget you have to make up for that water loss somehow.
Make it a priority! Put it on your desk or right next to your workstation so you can stay on top of it.
If you have any questions, hit me up and let me know.
This is Coach Josh, helping you stay hydrated... and bring out the warrior within!