Let’s keep it simple.
It has been well documented that drinking water is an absolute necessity for every living being. That is no mystery. If you do not drink water, you will not be around very long. Water is essential to proper blood circulation, brain function, heart health, etc.
However, there are some additional benefits to drinking water that are specific to the fit hunter and should not be overlooked.
No only does staying hydrated maintain proper body function, it also:
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Improves muscle and joint function
- Keeps your body cool
- Boosts energy
- Maintains proper digestive function
- Improves mental awareness and focus
All of these benefits are essential for anyone who wants to be more effective in the field. If you are dehydrated, you will suffer from headaches, premature fatigue, heat exhaustion, poor digestive function, and the list goes on. Extreme dehydration that can occur while in the backcountry can be deadly. You will know that you are dehydrated when you experience:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Decreased urine output
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Drink 6-8 cups of water per day to maintain a healthy hydration level (yes, you can still drink coffee; just don’t drink coffee in place of water). Supplements such as Wilderness Athlete’s Hydrate and Recover are also great for replenishing essential nutrients during and after strenuous activity.
As an outdoor athlete, water is your closest ally and the most important thing you can have with you in the backcountry. You are never too busy to stay hydrated. It is too important and to valuable for your health and performance.