Itâ€™s the time of the year when a lot of us are doing runs and rides in cooler conditions. Â You may not be losing much fluid throughÂ perspiration, but cold, dry air can still dehydrate you very quickly. Â Depending on how cold the weather is, it can be quite uncomfortable to try and drink from a water-bottle. Â Your fingers may even be too cold to squeeze the bottle effectively. Â In cases like that, it is very important to drink more than you would like before and after the workout.
If youâ€™re extremely hard-core and ride in temperatures where your
water bottle actually freezes, the best thing to do is mix a slightly stronger than normal drink â€“ First Endurance EFS, for example. Â The sugars and electrolytes will not only help keep you hydrated and topped up calorically, but the solution will keep the fluid drinkable. Â Then again, they make some pretty darn good indoor trainers nowadays!
So, the next time youâ€™re out riding or running in cold weather and you start feeling a little lethargic, think about the fluids youâ€™ve taken in; itâ€™s possible you could be running on empty. Â Your body needs to be hydrated in order to function at its optimal level. If there isnâ€™t enough liquid in your body, essential functions like circulation donâ€™t go as smoothly as they should. Â Proper hydration will also help regulate body temperature and keep you in a good mood. If you havenâ€™t been drinking enough water, you can feel tired, cranky, or irritable. You might even imagine that youâ€™re hungry, when your body is actually craving is water.