After spending three months out of the last five in the desert, hydration is always on my mind. I know that as the weather here gets colder, I have more and more trouble staying hydrated. Add to that a red-eye flight back from California which means I did not drink as much water on the flight as I would normally and I am sure that I have been dehydrated for a while. Not so dehydrated that I need IV fluids but enough to affect my body so a week or so ago, I started a new habit.
In the colder months – which generally means every month but July and August here in Upstate NY – I make a French press of coffee first thing in the morning. I then make a pot of herbal tea. Now, when I get up in the morning, I immediately have a 12 ounce glass of room temperature water while awaiting my coffee. I also fill two water bottles – on a 20 ounce bottle, the other a 24 ounce bottle – and put them in the refrigerator as I prefer my water cold. I also make a water bottle of Nuun to have some time throughout the day.
The goal is to drink all of this throughout the day. While I do not always get it all drank, I usually get to two bottles from the fridge. I believe I am getting back to a state of being properly hydrated.
How do you stay hydrated throughout colder months?