Staying Hydrated at Work

Did you know that adults lose an average of 2.5 liters (more than 10 cups) of water each day, simply by doing ordinary tasks? You can imagine how much more we are losing each day while on our feet and busy at work!

Water can do so much good for us - it can eliminate hunger pains, prevent and ease headaches, increase our metabolism, fight fatigue, help us feel more alert, and more. Staying hydrated is not only a healthy choice, it’s a smart choice. Dehydration can actually be quite dangerous, and especially during these hot and humid summer months, it’s important to be aware of our habits and establish good ones.

Check out these quick tips we've put together to help quench your body's thirst and ensure you stay hydrated throughout your work day. 

1. Grab a couple of reusable water bottles

Water in glass

Not only are they good for the environment, but they can also help make it easier for you to sip water throughout the day. With such busy shifts, it's easy to forget to take breaks - let alone water breaks! Try keeping a water bottle with ounce markings tucked away in an area that clients can't see, but is easy for you to grab, so you can hydrate and keep track of how much you're drinking.

2. Spice up your water

Try jazzing up your water by infusing it with fruits or herbs to give it a burst of flavor! Sparkling or seltzer waters with natural flavors like lemon or lime can also keep things interesting, and help you feel more satisfied.

3. Limit coffee and soda intake

We know - you aren't you before your first cup of coffee in the morning! But keep in mind that caffeine can actually dehydrate you. Try to drink one cup of water for every cup of coffee/soda or two cups of black tea, to make up for the diuretic effect. Sugary drinks and juices should also be limited due to their high sugar and calorie content, and less effective hydration.

4. Hold a hydration challenge

Who doesn't love a little friendly competition at work? There are lots of great ideas online to help get your coworkers inspired and drinking more water. Check out this One Week Hydration Challenge for some ideas!

Remember, it doesn't have stop at work - try to keep the momentum going by making sure you drink water with every meal and between meals at home.

We hope that these ideas help to motivate, hydrate, and help you feel great!