Understanding why cold weather dehydration happens is the first step in preventing it. Here are a few more tips:
1. Drink lots of water. If you know you're going to go outdoors to exercise or perform other physical activities, drink before, during and after your outing. And depending on your activity level, the typical eight glasses of water a day may not be enough. Talk to your doctor about how much water you should be drinking.
2. Try a sports drink. Most will help you restore your electrolyte balance after an intense workout. Try drinking one or two servings before and after exercise.
3. If you're thirsty, stop working out. Your body will tell you when you're thirsty or when you've been working out too hard. Learn to listen to your body and cut your activities short if you sense dehydration is looming.
4. Weigh yourself. Some super-endurance athletes weigh themselves before and after a workout to gauge how much fluid they've lost during an activity. If, when you weigh yourself, you've lost more than one pound, replenish your water stores, fast.
5. Eat water-rich foods. Drinking water isn't the only way to get fluid into your system. You also can stay hydrated by eating water-based fruits and veggies, like watermelon and cucumber.
Regardless of the season or weather conditions, be sure to drink up. You'll feel better and you'll reduce your risk of dehydration.
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