Odds are you probably aren't consuming enough water throughout the day. According to the Food and Nutrition Board, in 2013, 75% of Americans suffered from chronic dehydration. As Summer unfolds it is important to pay attention to our water intake, especially since our body needs it to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. Even in the workplace, dehydration can lead to fatigue, drop in blood pressure and slower metabolism. Taking steps to ensure your body is well hydrated will lead to an increase in energy, decreased hunger, and better cognitive abilities as you go about your problem-solving day.
Your Challenge: Break your day up into one hour chunks on a note card. Each chunk, try to drink a glass (8 oz) of water. If possible, compete with or do it alongside someone else for accountability.
How It Works?
Step 1. Get yourself a note card or post it and break the day up into hour chunks.
Step 2. Have a glass of water or a water bottle at you workspace.
Step 3. Try to finish the glass (8 oz) of water before the hour chunk is up.
Step 4. Challenge a coworker to compete with for some accountability.
The human body needs water! Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water. With coffee, sodas and other tasty drinks satisfying our caffeine needs during the workday it is easy to neglect drinking water. Various factors such as the amount of exercise, environment you live in or health conditions we face can determine the amount of water we must consume. More importantly, we should appreciate the availability of free water that we are able to enjoy. An estimated 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitized water and 1.1 billion people are without access to safe water. It's tough to think about, but it's the reality of the world we live in. So appreciate the commodity of free water as it is the vital resource that our body and world need to survive.
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