Ski season is an incredible time of year. Nothing is better than grabbing a few friends and hitting the slopes! However, we often times forget to stay hydrated during these active snow days.
Here are some mistakes you’re most likely making, as well as a few reasons why getting enough water is crucial when it comes to making the most of your day on the mountain.
Say 'No' to Just Joe
Because most skiers already begin the day dehydrated, it’s important to recognize what you consume before you’re on the mountain. A steaming cup of coffee can often times be the culprit. The morning pick-me-up might contribute to your overall water intake for the day, but it's a poor substitute to a tall glass of water.
Steer Clear of Just Beer
Dehydration continues throughout the day as skiers lose fluids through normal breathing and sweating. In addition to the lost fluids, cold temperatures and altitude diminish our desire to drink. Lunch time poses additional enticements. It’s no secret that a refreshing beer is the ultimate treat after a morning on the mountain, but make sure you think before you drink! Alcohol is a diuretic which causes you to lose fluids faster and interferes with our body's water levels.
Make No Mistake, Take A Potty Break
Although more water means more potty breaks—and we all know it's a hassle to bring all that gear into the bathroom with you—keeping up with your water intake could actually elongate your day on the slopes. Not having the proper amount of fluids can cut off blood flow to certain muscles and forces the heart to work harder to pump blood. It’s also harder for your body to regulate its temperature, guaranteeing a chilly ride on the lift. These factors often lead to a day cut short due to discomfort.
Next time you decide to pack up the car and head to your favorite ski spot, make sure to bring a healthy bottle of water to drink on the way. Eldorado Natural Spring Water contains naturally occurring minerals and electrolytes like Chloride, Calcium, and Potassium that are sure to keep you hydrated. Also, consider bringing along a small backpack with a water reservoir inside. This makes it easy to take sips in between runs and ensures you are getting around 12–16 ounces an hour. Just think, your water intake could be the difference between a good day on the mountain and a great day!