Lately I have been finding myself rather dehydrated. I have been having to stop for more drinks during my workout, and have been waking in the night or first thing in the morning very thirsty….and when you experience thirst, you’re already dehydrated. Water is so important for so many health reasons (balance body fluids, control calorie intake, energize muscles, improve the look of skin, and to maintain good kidney and bowel function), so drinking adequate amounts of water is something we should all focus on.
I find it difficult to remember to drink water at home because of constant distractions with the kids. I take it into one room and then have to turn around to do something elsewhere, and it’s either not right next to me or I just forget. Plus if you’re a mom you just know how it is…when you’re taking care of someone else (or several someone-elses!), caring for yourself takes a backseat. That’s not good for anyone, and as a Jazzercise instructor I really need my fluids!
I’ve used a reminder app before to track my water intake, but got out of the habit…and now that I’m not eating as well the water drinking has gone to the wayside as well. It’s been getting pretty bad, and my muscles were getting more sore, too, so I decided it was time to get back on track. I found a different app and I just love it!!!
The app is called Waterlogged, and while you can find various apps to record water intake, here’s what I love about this one. (FYI I’m not being paid for this, I just wanted to share!)
- First, the obvious. Keep track of what you’re drinking so that you know you’re getting enough. You can set a daily goal and set up a daily reminder so that you don’t forget to drink and record.
- There are charts so that you can see your progress. It took me about a full week to get rehydrated!
- The app will give you a ballpark of how much water you should be getting, but I recommend researching online a bit as well (just Google “how much water should I drink”). Of course we’ve always heard 8-8 ounce glasses a day, and that’s an easy way to remember and is a good average. But it’s different for men and women, and if you do strenuous workouts, drink caffeinated beverages (those don’t count!!), or are planning to enjoy a cocktail, you’ll need to up your water intake.
- My favorite part is that you can take pictures of your own water bottles and set how many ounces, milliliters or liters they hold. That makes recording so easy because I don’t have to remember how much is in each one. I have two CamelBak water bottles, a Jazzercise one, and a big cup with a lid and straw that I regularly drink water out of. I find having the larger bottles/cups around helps me to get more water in. When it’s time to record my intake, I simply tap the screen, select the photo of the water bottle I’m using that day, and tap “record glass”. I don’t have to enter ounces each time and it’s so nice!