By Lynette Willis – Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
You may think you sweat less when the temperature is cooler, but this is not the case.
The truth is your body sweats just as much in cooler temperatures as it does in warmer temperatures. Sweat evaporates faster in the cold, so you might not even notice it. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, staying hydrated during the winter months is important!
There are many good reasons to drink water:
- The human body needs water to function properly.
- Staying hydrated helps regulate body temperature
- Water is essential for the function of cells.
- Water lubricates/cushions joints, and protecting tissue and organs.
- Water does more than help cells work efficiently, it boosts energy levels.
- It can help perform physically to the best of your ability.
Just because you’re not thirsty, doesn’t mean that your body is adequately hydrated. Exactly how much water do you need? The proper amount can vary from person to person, but the general rule of hydration is to drink half your body weight in ounces.
Ex: A 150 lb. person should drink 75 oz. of water per day. Your water needs may change from day-to-day based on your environment and activity level, but drinking half your body weight in ounces is a good start.
Drinking water throughout the day is an effective way to improve your health and well-being. On the topic of adequate hydration, it’s also important to know what not to drink. Caffeine and Alcohol can make your body even more dehydrated. Limit your intake of soda, coffee, and alcoholic beverages to keep that needed hydration in your system.
You have to drink water no matter what the temperature is outside. Your body simply needs fluids regardless of being cold or warm. Drink water and stay hydrated through the winter months to keep you healthy.