JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Staying properly hydrated is key to a healthy life...on and off the trail. Out my way the air tends to be hot and dry which makes it pretty easy to become dehydrated. Most people will walk around dehydrated daily without even knowing it and by the time the feel it, it's to late. Here are a few ways to know where you stand in hydration. If you understand and recognize what dehydration is, how it feels, and what it can do, it will be much easier to avoid becoming dehydrated all together.
-Is your mouth dry?
-Do you find your self feeling sleepy or fatigued throughout the day when you shouldn't be?
-Do you urinate less and is it darker than usual?
-Are you extremely thirsty?
-Do you feel confused, dizzy, lightheaded or have a headache?
Being a bit more specific, the trails are hot and dry. Be smart, if you know your taking an 8 mile hike over the weekend, hydrate up during the week while it's easy. If you're spending the day trekking through the back trails in your Jeep It's easy to go hours without a single drink of water and before you know it you have a pounding headache, you're being mean to anyone stuck in the Jeep with you and just want to go home. Just about anything will suck the water right out of you! So, make sure you stay hydrated! Carry and drink plenty of water thought the day. If the circumstance allows it, packing some healthy foods like fruits and veggies will help a little as well. (Avoid processed foods).
I kept it pretty light here, but there are so many physical and mental benefits to staying hydrated that it should be a "must do" from this day forward for everyone.
Wondering how much to drink? I once heard that a good rule of thumb is to take your body weight, divide it by 2 and that is the amount of ounces of water a person drink per day minimum. It's also been said that 3 liters of water is what the average person needs for and active day outdoors. Lastly...NO, BEER ISN'T A WAY TO STAY HYDRATED, SORRY.