Colorado is a beast when it comes to altitude. In the Springs, we sit at more than 6,000 feet above sea level. It’s why so many Olympians choose to do much of their training here. Whether you’re a longtime resident of the state or just recently moved here, what does your current hydration strategy entail? Maybe a few gulps of water after a strenuous workout and that’s about it? The startling reality is that many Coloradans fail to stay hydrated the way they should. Consequently, they’re flirting with potentially dangerous consequences. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, lightheadedness, and poor performance. Don’t let dehydration get the best of you. Keep reading for tips on how to stay hydrated in Colorado.
- Drink plenty of water – Here’s the deal about elevation: Since high altitude is drier and has lower air pressure, moisture evaporates quickly from your skin. That makes it difficult to truly gauge your hydration levels. Many folks make the mistake of thinking that because they don’t sweat much, they’re properly hydrated. This notion is completely inaccurate, though. That’s why it’s so important to drink plenty of water on your way to altitude. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming here by plane or car. The last thing you want to do is arrive dehydrated.
- Ease into activity – The mountains may be calling, but that doesn’t mean you should rush there. You may be itching to ski or snowboard as soon as you get off the plane. That said, it’s not smart to demand the same level of energy from your body at altitude that you experience at sea level. Experts recommend that, if possible, you stay an entire day in Denver before engaging in physical activity at a much higher elevation. This allows your body extra time to acclimate and take more rest than normal. By rushing into activities, you’re only leaving yourself more susceptible to altitude sickness.
- Continue to drink water – Just because you feel fine after a day or two at altitude doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Pay attention to what your body’s telling you. If you’re at all concerned, drink a little more than you think is necessary. Never ignore signs such as fatigue or headaches, as these may be signs of dehydration.
- Eat foods with high water content – Many folks just don’t like the taste of water. If you feel like you just can’t drink enough, make it a point to consume fruits and vegetables high in water content.
- Steer clear of caffeine – Do you need a cup of joe to get started in the morning? You may want to think of an alternative pick-me-up once you get to Colorado. It’s important to know that caffeine is a diuretic and may inhibit your body’s water absorption. Do what you can to limit liquid intake to mostly plain water.
Effective Hydration Treatment
Are you ready to elevate your life? Elevation Hydration is here to help. We offer a variety of IV hydration therapy packages intended to enhance performance and overall wellness. “The Incline” is a hydration treatment designed specifically for anyone in need of quick, efficient recovery from the altitude. A combination of B-Complex vitamins and amino acids work to oxygenate muscles and fight fatigue.
Thanks to our hydration clinic, you can get back to doing what you love in our beautiful state. Call now to schedule your appointment. Stay tuned for more hydration tips.