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An athlete’ staying fit With

Lawrence Okoye

s guide to inWinter Some athletes may get cold weather on their nerves

cess water is lost. Thus to avoid dehydration it is important for winter athletes to consciously but some might accept this change happily considincrease the water consumption. Replacing fluids ering it as a change from exercising in summer’s heat. Exercise should be done with the help of proper in winter becomes more important as the thirst nutrition and layers of dry clothing to chase away the mechanism is reduced in the cold weather causing winter chills. Metabolism in the body is increased 7 decreased desire to drink water. to 10 times than the resting levels while performing Temperature of foods should be considered in an aerobic exercise that is a body temperature can be winters, warm foods are prudent choice than cold foods. Although in summer cold foods are best (as raised from 98.6° to 140° F. they give a cool feeling and help during exercise) but in winters they can chill the body. A balanced The way one fuels his body in cold will help to meal with high carbohydrate intake is preferable perform better and remain safe and comfortable in cold. Proper nutrition helps to fuel the muscle tissue in winters. To replace the carbohydrate stores that and regulate the body core temperature that normally are used to keep the body warm and in exercising, it is important to eat continually to avoid fatigue drops in winter. It is important to learn the basic cold weather exercise or chills. •Avoid alcohol completely as it tends to dilate the safety, avoid frostbite and hypothermia, and dress well for cold weather exercise. Although water is not blood vessels thereby increasing heat loss. lost via sweat in winters, significant amounts of water •Decrease caffeine consumption. Although a stimulant, it is lost during respiration. It becomes important to humidify the cold air while breathing as in this pro- acts as a diuretic thereby further decreasing the

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