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Stay Hydrated This Easter!

31 March 2015 (0) comments

Whether you are young or old, Easter is the time of year when many of us throw caution to the wind and get stuck into far too many delicious chocolate eggs. After all, it is tradition and that word can cover a multitude of sins!

Impossible to say no?

Easter is a lovely time to get together with family and friends and who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate every now and then? The shops certainly make it hard to say no to the myriad of gorgeous looking Easter eggs and bunnies that have been displayed at least a month before the main event. But remember to stay nice and hydrated throughout the 4 day break and do try to restrict your chocolate intake a little if at all possible. For those with young children, abstaining from Easter eggs can be particularly difficult because joining in is all part of the fun.

After the event

So if Easter has come and gone and you are feeling the effects of tucking into too many eggs or bunnies, it is a great idea to change your diet if only for a few days. Try to avoid sugary food and stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables. With regards to your water intake over the week or so after Easter, here is a pretty good guide that has been tested thoroughly:

  • Try to drink half a litre for every 23 kilograms of body weight
  • If this seems a little excessive, try to start slowly and always keep a bottle with you throughout the day
  • Take a few long walks in order to charge your lungs with fresh air but remember to take a few gulps of water when you start to warm up.
  • Why not download our drink alarm app and get reminded when you need to drink a glass of fresh filtered water.

Forget about guilt

Okay, you’ve had a nice break and even if you may have overindulged, we are only human and getting back on track as far as sugar intake and hydration is concerned is not such a big deal. Just ensure that if you have kids, they follow these simple tips and pretty soon all that will remain from Easter will be some happy memories and a little tin foil!

Interview With Fitness Expert and Crossfit Coach, Rosie Walker

20 March 2015 (0) comments

Fitness expert and Crossfit coach, Rosie Walker, talks to WaterCoolersDirect.com on how water can improve your fitness and how to keep on top of your body’s hydration

How important do you think it is for people to ensure they stay hydrated whilst working out?

Keeping hydrated is vital when working out. If you are not drinking enough water, your nutrition plan and fitness program will, without question, be much less effective in transforming your body than if you were drinking enough.

In the diet, water is a very important component and can have great benefits to your body:

  1. 1.      Fat Metabolism

Water is not only a natural appetite suppressant, but it actually helps the body metabolise stored fat. When the body does not have a good supply of water to draw from to perform required physiological tasks, it will draw water from inside the bodies cells, including fat cells, in order to perform the desired tasks. Any fat stores in the body that are drawn on for water, are less likely to be mobilised and burned off as energy, resulting in increased fat stores over time if you were to remain in a constantly dehydrated state. Water is the key to ridding the body of fat through increased metabolic function.

  1. 2.      Muscle Tone

Water maintains proper muscle tone by giving muscles their ability to contract. Water delivers oxygen to the muscles and helps the body perform more efficiently.

  1. 3.      Healthy Skin

Water, along with the essential fats and minerals, prevents sagging skin and returns health and resiliency. Age and genetics will happen of course, but I am a firm believer you can combat these two, delaying the onset with a healthy lifestyle.

  1. 4.      Provides Energy

Water is an instant energy pick-me-up. Dehydration leads to fatigue because it impacts the flow of oxygen to the brain and causes your heart to work harder to pump oxygen to all of your bodily organs.

 

What are your top tips for staying hydrated while exercising?

-        Treat yourself to a nice water bottle to encourage you not to lose it

-        Keep your water bottle by your side at all times

-        Add a slice of lemon and some mint to add some flavor if you prefer

-        Put reminders on your phone when to drink – like the watercoolersdirect.com drink alarm app!

-        Keep your water bottle topped up ready at all times!

 

For anyone looking to set up their own gym or fitness event, how important would you say it is that they invest in a gym water cooler or water dispenser for their clients/participants?

We would highly recommend any gym or fitness event to invest in a water cooler for their clients and participants. Personally we cannot imagine being without one as it gets used so regularly within our facility.


What are your thoughts on corporate gym memberships? Do you believe that frequent exercise can help improve overall wellbeing in the workplace and in your personal life?

In today’s economic market every company needs to capitalise on the productivity of their staff. If you have employees that are unhealthy and unhappy, motivating your employees can seem like a daunting task and it is costing your company valuable time, money, and resources. Employees that are healthy and happy become increasingly more valuable with decreased absenteeism, higher productivity, and good morale.

Wise up with water WCD style

19 March 2015 (0) comments

In an age where dehydration is fast become one of the most common topics of conversation as far as staying healthy is concerned, it was nice to see that UK schools are taking this seriously. Add a pinch of fun and you get the idea of the ‘Wise up with Water challenge’ launched by the Natural Hydration Council with the help from The Children’s Food Trust.

The Details

The idea behind this health conscious competition was to encourage UK schools to think of original ways to stay on top of hydration throughout the day, essentially to remind children to drink water on a regular basis. The schools certainly threw themselves into the task and posters were created, sticky labels were added to bottles of water saying ‘drink me’ and a whole host of other great suggestions were thrown into the mix.

The Winners

Okay, there can only be one winner but the competition certainly achieved its objective and that was to make our school children more aware of the effects of dehydration. Bolton-by Bowland CE Primary School were announced as the eventual winners and one of their innovative ideas was to nominate a pupil to be ‘water champion’. He or she would be the child who managed to drink the most water on a daily basis and others were challenged to match this feat. Although other schools may have narrowly missed out on the prize, it was literally refreshing to see how many bright ideas were born from this excellent competition.

Hydration for Kids

It is vital that our children stay hydrated because due to their size and the fact that kids have a higher proportion of body water when compared to adults, they really need to avoid dehydration. This is especially important during school hours because dehydration will cause a lack of concentration, fatigue and dizziness in our children. By installing drinking fountains around a school, children will be able to drink water between lessons and avoid the risks of dehydration throughout the long school day.

WaterCoolersDirect Campaign  

WaterCoolersDirect are only too aware of the risks that our children face when they are away from the home and in school from Monday to Friday. This is why we have launched our Hydration in Schools Campaign. We are donating free refurbished water coolers and water bottles to the schools across the UK to help encourage kids to drink more water and allow schools to show their support for this healthy way of living. To find out more about our Hydration in Schools campaign please browse our site or call our team on 0800 731 1491. 

Foods that Aid Hydration

18 March 2015 (0) comments

Did you know there are plenty of everyday foods that can help aid hydration?

Take a look at our latest infographic and see how much water content some of your everyday foods hold! 

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