Sunday, December 30, 2018

Outside Activity Preparations

With the arrival of winter it's time to get ready for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Please remember these points when you go out.
1. Leave an itinerary with a family member or trusted friend. 
2. Bring water and food.
3. Bring extra clothes.
4. Check the weather forecast.
5. Make sure your equipment is in good shape.

Expanding on point #2 a bit, let's talk about staying properly hydrated when you're outside engaging in a prolonged physical activity.  Always begin your outings well hydrated. Drink a cup of water or its equivalent 15 minutes before starting out. Once underway, continue drinking fluids at a rate of 1 to 1.5 cups every 20 to 30 minutes. This can change depending on weather, fitness level and intensity of your activity. Drink before you feel thirsty. If you don't need to urinate periodically or, if your urine color becomes unusually dark you aren't drinking enough. Drinks with electrolytes will help maintain hydration when your activity level is high and for an extended period of time. Maintaining good hydration will help keep you healthy. 

If you are looking for some new places to ski or snowshoe, might I suggest Hunters Creek in East Aurora, NY or Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, NY (just south of Kissing Bridge).
If you have any questions feel free to email me at; TimAR1960@gmail.com.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you Tim. Great advice. Another fun place that I head to often is Carlton Hill in Middlebury. Lots of great trails. In fact we are heading there to winter camp for a couple of nights this weekend.

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