7 Hydration Tips For Busy Professionals
by Cindy Chung on Sep 29, 2023
In a fast-paced world, staying on top of your hydration game is often overlooked. Dehydration can lead to reduced cognitive function, lack of focus, and a drop in overall productivity. Moreover, it can lead to increased stress levels, irritability, and even headaches. Recognising the importance of hydration is the first step towards ensuring you remain at your best, even during the busiest of days.
Here are seven practical hydration tips for busy professionals.
1. Always keep a water bottle at your desk
Make it a habit to always keep a water bottle on your desk. Having water readily available serves as a constant reminder to sip throughout the day. Our 1L Actiph Water bottles can help you track your intake.
2. Set hydration goals
Just like setting targets for projects, set hydration goals for yourself. Aim to drink a certain amount of water by specific times during the day and gradually increase your goals. For example, by 10 AM, you’ll have finished one-third of your daily water goal. By 2 PM, you’ll have reached the halfway mark.
3. Incorporate hydration breaks: The 20-20-20 Rule
Schedule short breaks in your calendar dedicated to hydration. The 20-20-20 rule is that every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. Use these moments to drink some water, stretch your legs, and re-energise. These breaks not only promote hydration but also enhance your overall well-being.
4. Try flavoured water
If plain water doesn’t entice you, try Acti-Vit, our sparkling vitamin water packed with 100% of your daily key vitamins to help combat tiredness and fatigue, support your immune system and maintain healthy muscles, bones, nails, hair, skin, and more. It’s a delicious way to also increase your water intake.
5. Opt for hydration snacks
Swap your usual mid-afternoon snack with hydrating options such as water-rich fruits (watermelon, oranges, berries) and vegetables (cucumber, celery). For instance, replace that bar of chocolate with watermelon cubes or carrot sticks. Not only does it help curb your hunger, but it helps contribute to your fluid intake and provide essential nutrients.
6. Monitor the colour of your urine
A simple yet effective indicator of your hydration level is the colour of your urine. The darker it is, the more water you need to drink.
7. Limit dehydrating beverages
Reduce your consumption of dehydrating beverages such as caffeinated and sugary drinks. While the occasional coffee is fine, ensure you balance it out with ample water intake.
Remember, staying hydrated isn’t just a health choice; it empowers you to conquer your goals with a clear mind, focused energy, and productivity. So, keep that water bottle within arm’s reach, set your hydration goals, and feel the difference when you’re hydrated.