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August 3, 2020

Tips for Taking Hydration Habits Back to the Office

It’s not always easy to stay hydrated. Up to 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. Although it is possible to go weeks without food, the human body can only survive approximately three days without water. This data shows why it’s crucial to keep a supply of water nearby not only in the comfort of your home but throughout the day and, specifically, at work. You may be thinking, “there are plenty of places to find water at work,” but remembering to stay hydrated is not always easy. Here are a few tips to help you take positive hydration habits back into the office.

Spread the Word

Start by informing your employees or co-workers about the importance of staying hydrated. Let them know the benefits, including better digestion, improved kidney function, decrease in headaches, enhanced skin elasticity, increased energy, temperature regulation and even a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Plus, concerning performance, sharpen memory, stabilize moods and increase motivation. Knowing these benefits should help increase overall water consumption in the workplace, which will improve performance, as proper hydration can increase employee productivity by up to 14%.

Keep Water at Your Desk

It sounds simple enough but keeping water at your desk is a great visual reminder to hydrate. You can keep it in a cup from the office or a bottle from home, but either way, we recommend trying our favorite hydration reminder bottle accessory. With the Ulla Smart Hydration Reminder, your drinking vessel turns into a smart water bottle and helps you drink eight glasses a day. The silicone band fits over a bottle or glass, with an accelerometer inside to track movement. After going over 30-40 minutes without taking a drink, Ulla’s light will blink and remind you it’s time to hydrate. This device is a great way to stay accountable regarding how much water you drink and can help ensure a happy and productive day.

Choose Hydrating Healthy Snacks

Water consumption doesn’t only come from liquids. You can easily intake more water with hydrating snacks like watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, berries and leafy greens. Try bringing some of these snacks with you to work, especially if you’re not one to drink water usually. It can be a good substitute for when your water bottle is empty, or if you’re just looking for a different way to stay hydrated.

Make it Fun

Drinking enough water throughout the day can be challenging, and distractions at work don’t make it easier. Try encouraging employees or co-workers to download a hydration tracking app to make consuming water more fun! They can use the app just as a reminder to take a drink or you can try implementing a The prize could be a Ulla Smart Hydration Reminder, the chance to design a custom water bottle or whatever fits best within your company culture. Plus, when employees have a tangible way to keep track of their health and hydration, it encourages greater mindfulness throughout the office.

Whether you’re looking to keep track of how much water you drink in a day or want to make hydration more fun, be sure to bring these hydration habits back to the office. Drinking the proper amount of water can improve employee productivity, while hydration apps can bring a team together for a friendly, healthy competition. We hope you think about these tips next time you find yourself at work.

Do you notice a difference after you drink water at work? Let us know how you remember to stay hydrated in the office.