Ginny Grabowski, MSc.
What's the Best Way to Stay Warm?
Minus five. That’s today’s predicted high temperature in Anchorage. We've been locked in a cold spell for a couple of weeks now. As the temperature dips, we tend to turn the heat up more, maybe add on another layer of clothing. We may even eat more.
Can I tell you a secret? Your internal temperature will keep you warmer if you're well hydrated.
Easier said than done, I know. “I don’t like to drink water,” is probably the #1 complaint I hear from clients. And that's in the warm weather.
Here’s what you should know about how drinking water affects you when you’re cold.
1. You will lose more water while breathing in colder weather. One study noted double the water loss through breathing at -4°F vs. 77°F
2. Being dehydrated decreases blood flow to extremities (your hands and feet will be colder).
3. Dehydration contributes to brain fog and decreased physical performance (you'll feel crappy and your workouts will suck).
Don’t like to drink water? Here's how to stay hydrated.
1. Drink warm water…I will microwave 12 ounces of water for 1 minute in the microwave…makes it warm without making it too hot. Warms the hands and your insides.
2. Add lemon or other flavors. These can be herbal or decaffeinated teas or other citrus flavors. Herbs like mint work well also. Be careful not to have too many sweet hot chocolate drinks or too much caffeine when you go for something warm.
3. Eat soup. Preferably homemade soup so the sodium is low. Add some water to your soup if you’re making it from a can…great way to dilute the sodium and get a flavor-filled water addition.
What other tips do you have for staying warm? Post them below.