Losing as little as 2% of your body’s water content can degrade your exercise or sports performance by as much as 10-20% according to a study published on the National Center for Biotechnology database. An average athlete loses more than 2% percent of water through sweat as he or she plays a sport or exercises. One way to keep your body hydrated is by always carrying bottled water. There are creative ways to ensure that you drink enough water as you play sports, cycle or do other intensive physical activities.
Apps can remind you to drink water
It is easy to forget drinking water when you are in the “zone” during an exercise or sporting activity. With an app like Daily Water, you can set your daily water intake goals and reminders. Every time you log a drink the app gives you a little celebration. Another interesting app is Plant Nanny, which turns its users into virtual plants and sends notifications to encourage them to drink water. The virtual plants die if the user does not drink enough water.
There are bottles that track water intake
These bottles have smart technology that allows them to track your water intake, and send notifications to your smartphone that remind you to drink. Some smart water bottles glow in vibrant colors to remind you to drink and can sync with your fitness tracker. The most convenient thing about these bottles is that you don’t have to personally log your water intake into an app. These bottles are just as stylish as the normal water bottles but they are more helpful. Choose a smart bottle that is easy to clean and that can keep water clean and fresh.
Fruits can keep you hydrated
In situations where you cannot refill your water bottle or cannot drink any more water, fruits can be a great alternative. Fruits like watermelons, strawberries, Cantaloupes, peaches and oranges contain a lot of water that can keep you hydrated. Watermelons have a high water content and very low calorie density. A 154g serving of watermelon contains half a cup of water and also a
Vegetables can hydrate you too
Raw vegetables are loaded with water. For instance, spinach is made up of 92% water. Just sneak in sneak spinach into a smoothie or a juice or layer it into a wrap of sandwich and so on. Other nutrient rich vegetables with high water content include broccoli, green cabbage, cauliflower and eggplant.
So buy yourself a water bottle that will keep your water cool all day. Make sure it is easy to drink from and that it can hold enough water.
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Her interests are mostly related to fitness and nutrition. Click here for more articles by Jane
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