SaltStick and Winter
Nov 24, 2014
Endurance Athletes:As any endurance athlete knows, dehydration is the enemy of performance. Thirst is a good indicator for low fluid levels in warm temperatures, but you can’t rely on thirst alone when it’s cold outside. You still need to drink water and replenish electrolytes -- even if you don’t feel thirsty -- and the suggested intake of 1-2 SaltStick Caps per hour remains appropriate, though as always, usage depends on your unique physiology, training, and conditions. Another option is to take your workouts indoors. The pleasant 70-degree temperatures will remove the risk of ignoring dehydration, and 1-2 SaltStick Caps per hour, along with fluid, will keep your electrolyte levels at a stable level.
Winter Life:We realize not everyone will spend the winter months in base training for an Ironman triathlon. However, you can still use SaltStick! Here are a few examples when the electrolyte boost SaltStick Caps provide can help out:
- Shoveling snow: The downside to every snowstorm is the hours spent clearing your driveway after the precipitation ends. On the bright side, though, it’s a great workout! FitDay estimates that a 150-pound man will burn 350 calories per hour shoveling snow. A 130-pound woman will burn 284. Ensure you don’t deplete yourself by popping a SaltStick Cap.
- Winter sports: Skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and ice skating all have the potential to be high-intensity workouts (which makes them great cross-training exercises for endurance athletes). This brings along the potential for dehydration, especially if you’re outdoors for several hours. Bring along some water and consume 1-2 SaltStick Caps per hour (starting to see a theme here?), and you’ll ensure you can have fun and keep going all day long.
- Family fun: Believe it or not, simply getting outdoors can burn several hundred calories per hour. The Huffington Post estimates that a 150-pound male will burn upwards of 520 calories per hour in a snowball fight and 400 per hour while sledding. As with any form of exercise, this high-intensity work has the potential to dehydrate you. Before heading out the door, pop 1-2 SaltStick Caps, with fluid, and you’ll be able to enjoy the snow without the risk of dehydration.
- Celebrations: Blogger Crista Scott highlights a final – and less official – usage of SaltStick. After the Après ski and New Year’s celebrations, SaltStick can make a great hangover cure.