We all are aware of the importance of drinking water and for those who enjoy winter sports like skiing, heli skiing and heliboarding, you have to increase the regular amount of water intake.
On any given day an average female needs about 11.5 cups of water total (that’s 92 ounces), and men need slightly more at 16 cups (128 ounces). The total amount of liquid you take in for a day is a combination of beverages you drink as well as food you eat. About 75-80% of your water intake should come from beverages while the other 15-20% comes from foods like fruit and vegetables that also contribute water.
We are all different and have different activity levels so the best real gauge of your own hydration status is your individual output. When you go to the bathroom, yellow urine means you need to drink more whereas clear or light yellow urine means you are well hydrated. Signs of dehydration are pretty easy to identify so long as you catch them quickly and don’t let them turn into something more serious that could affect your ability to react appropriately. If you feel thirsty, have dry mouth, are light-headed, can’t focus well, feel tired or notice your skin is dry, then you need to drink more water.
Increase your intake of water while heliskiing, your body will take care of you!