Quick Thought : Could Dehydration Be Holding You Back This Winter?

It’s very easy to overlook hydration when it’s cold outside and you sweat less. The overt reminders that are customary during the summer months are no longer there, so the onus is on you to actively remember to hydrate yourself! You roughly need 30ml per kg body weight of fluid per day if you are over 60 years old, and 35ml per kg body weight if you are under 65. Make sure you have a quick thought as to whether you’re getting enough fluid in, because if you’re not your health (first and foremost) and training could be suffering as a result!


Not having enough fluid in the body causes:


- Reduced blood pressure = light headed

- Increased heart rate = Poor ENERGY delivery

- Exercise feels harder (Perceived exertion)

- Reduced responses and concentration

- Reduced skill level = Low stroke performance

- Stomach upset & constipation



Farthing, M, J, G. & Mahalanabis, D. (2013). Nestle Nutrition. The control of food and fluid intake in health and disease. Switzerland : Nestle Ltd.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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