It is amazing what a quick walk and 8-16 ounces of water can do to revive you when the “afternoon slump”.
- 60% of the human body is water
- when you are thirsty, you are on your way to dehydration
- lack of energy is another sign of dehydration
- sore joints and muscles need water
Keeping hydrated makes such a difference to your skin, your eyes, your body functions and your mental sharpness.
“Water is the driving force in nature.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
We recently reviewed the Fitbit Flex, the terrific activity and sleep tracker. Once you download the app for the Flex to your phone, you can track each time you drink water. I find it really useful, because it helps me recognize why I am feeling a bit low. If I have missed water in the past few hours, it is easy to recognize.
Another App that I have found useful on my Android phone is Water Your Body. You can also get it on your iPhone. This is a great free app that sets up an alarm to remind you to drink water throughout the day and track every glass. You can set the alarm up to vibrate your phone or you can have an alarm that sounds like pouring water. That noise certainly becomes a conversation starter!
Carrying water along with you has become so acceptable that, frankly, you are out of place if you don’t walk in with your water bottle.
To preserve the earth from waste, try to have a refillable, personal water bottle. You can make very special water bottles on Shutterfly with your photos on a great, lightweight stainless steel bottle. You can get really super bottles that fit into back packs from Amazon. There are even special water bottle just for kids. This T-Rex is really cool.
If you are heading out for an active day of walking, biking, skiing or hiking, a Camelbak is perfect to keep you hydrated, It is worth spending a little extra to make sure you can easily disassemble it for cleaning and get it back together without a struggle.
Water is all around us. Around 72 percent of Earth is covered in water, but 97 percent of that is salty ocean water and not suitable for drinking. Our atmosphere cycles it as rain, fog, and snow. Rarely do we think about where our next glass of water will come from. We are so lucky. There are many places in this world that do not have sufficient clean water to sustain their bodies and everyday life.
We also rarely think about the science of water. There is a terrific site that is filled with fascinating information: The USGS Water Science School.
As you head out on your day, really focus on getting 6-8 glasses of water a day! You will be amazed how much better you feel and how much energy you have…once you get in the habit of hydrating, your joints won’t hurt as much, your skin will not be so dry, and you won’t have a constant thirst!
So…grab your camera and your water bottle and go Camera Walking!