Myth vs. Fact: Exercising in the Cold and Dehydration
MYTH VS. FACT
Myth: “If it’s cold outside . . . I won’t get dehydrated because I am not sweating as much.”
Fact: Your body actually has to work even harder to stay hydrated in cold weather because it has to warm the cold air as it enters the body. Also, you are still sweating even if you are cold . . . so make sure you continue to drink 5-10 oz of fluid every 15-20 minutes during exercise.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.