It’s all everybody is talking about. The deep freeze across the country. The words polar vortex have probably been uttered more times today than at any time in history, perhaps breaking the record for frequency of 2-word phrases in Cyberspace and TV-land and trending in Twitterverse. Today was the kind of day when every conversation at the office water cooler and on the train and on Skype with the relatives abroad, every conversation seemed at first like cocktail party small talk as everybody’s focus was on the weather.
And when I took out my bottle of water on the train to drink and rehydrate, people looked at me weird, with a look that translated to “Why are you drinking water? Can’t you feel how cold it is? Don’t you know we’re in the middle of the polar vortex?”
But there are things you have to do all the time, whether you feel like you want to or not. Hydration is one of those things. No, you’re not sweating outside like you do during the summer but your body still needs water to digest food and hydrate muscles and transport nutrients to your organs. Although lots of people called in sick (or called in COLD) today, your body is still working.
And if you did some stretches or ran in place to keep warm, or paced on the subway platform to help keep the circulation in your toes when it felt like your winter boots had failed, or even just because you did some unplanned weight lifting from the extra 10pounds of layers you wore today, it counts for something. You did a workout in sub-zero temperatures.
So celebrate! And have a drink of water! I did!