December 2nd, 2008
It is hard to believe that the winter months are here. The holiday season brings lots of parties and outdoor activities like sledding and ice skating. The Ravens players are busy with parties and fundraisers, in addition to getting ready for their weekly game. Since the weather is dryer and the heaters are on, many of the players try to drink more water. Water does not have calories like soft drinks, sports drinks, juices, and other beverages. Some of our players try drink as much as a gallon of water a day. This is not recommended for everyone, but when you weigh over 300 pounds, a gallon may be the amount of water your body needs.
If you are not drinking water right now, start by drinking a glass of water with each meal. Carry water with you to workouts or practices and drink it all before the practice is over. This will help you stay hydrated during your workouts. The winter months have many of us sitting in classrooms and offices where the heat is blowing all day long. The dryness of the rooms and the extra heat cause us to lose more water, so we need to drink more often. If your lips are chapped or you become thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Do not let yourself get this dehydrated.
During these next few months, drink a glass or bottle of water at each meal and during your workouts. Stay hydrated to keep your body healthy. Have a healthy and hydrated holiday season!