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Athlete Nutrition When Traveling to a Cold Climate

Occasionally athletes will travel to a cold climate for training or competition. Spending time at high altitude, where it will undoubtedly be cold, is also something some elite endurance athletes may do.

Hot Food is Tempting

When traveling away from home, athletes tend to overeat, and when it is in a cold climate, the tendency to overeat is even greater. The cool climate increases your appetite and makes you eat more food. The cool climate also makes you want to eat higher fat foods, plus there is usually more food of that type on offer. Don't be tempted by warming high fat foods, like lasagna, and other creamy sauce dishes.

Do Forget Your Fluids

When we are not thirsty and not sweating as much as in hot climates, people tend to forget to drink. You continue to sweat in cold climates, and you do need to continue to drink lots of fluid.

The following are some fluid tips when traveling:

training in the cold There are many things to look out for when traveling to a cold climate

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