If you or anyone you know has ever suffered from heat stroke, then you know just how serious it can be. Not only that, but dehydration is a major cause of daytime fatigue, so drinking water regularly throughout those sticky, hot summer days is important for your energy concentration levels, too. But there’s so much more to maximizing your health during the warm weather months than remembering to gulp down water in between each glass of rosé.
Keep reading for tips on how you can stay healthy and hydrated well into August—beyond the obvious tactics. Ahead are some easy but clever ways to help boost your hydration, and your overall well-being, so that summertime can really mean the living’s easy.
Switch It Up With Coconut Water
The best thing about coconut water? Not only does it taste amazing, but it naturally supports hydration. Coconut water contains 5 electrolytes—potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus—that help you absorb and retain the fluids after you’ve sweat a lot on a hot, sunny day. Or, for that matter, rehydrating after a particularly grueling workout—especially if you want to avoid sports drinks, which are typically loaded with added sugars.
That’s not to say all coconut waters are made equal; though it is naturally gluten-free, lactose-free, and dairy-free, many brands on the market come with additives like extra sugar.
For those looking for an option with zero added sugars, Fitbit Local partner ZICO Coconut Water is a great choice. In fact, ZICO’s natural 100% coconut water lists only a single ingredient on its label. Plus, they only deliver 9 grams of sugar per serving (8.45 fl oz box). And, since we’re talking natural sugar derived from the coconut—not extra sugary additives—these are definitely some nutrition facts we can get behind.
So, if you’re trying to switch it up, why not try creating a delicious “mocktail” with ZICO coconut water at your next BBQ or summer soirée? Alternately, you can whip up this super berry smoothie—made with unsweetened coconut water and delivering almost 10 grams of protein—for a hydrating and filling warm weather snack.
Set Gentle Reminders
Obviously, it’s more important than ever to get enough fluids when dealing with extreme heat—mostly because we’re at risk of feeling faint or otherwise suffering from heat exhaustion when we don’t.
Give yourself gentle reminders to hydrate by setting a silent alarm on your Fitbit device. You can set an alarm to remember to drink water at different times throughout the day, as well as logging how much water you’ve consumed so far. Congratulate yourself for a job well done once you’ve hit your daily water consumption goal!
Yes, You Can Hydrate With Food, Too
Did you know that 20 percent of your water intake actually comes from food? Yes, that means there are more interesting ways to hydrate than merely by remembering to drink water. You can also up your hydration levels by noshing on delicious fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, grapefruit, and more.
In fact, most fruits and veggies contain at least 80 percent water—some as high as 90 percent!—which makes them a tasty and refreshing way to do so. These super simple and refreshing salads feature some of the most hydrating fruits and veggies. Spoiler alert: Watermelon and/or strawberries in salad? Yes, please!
Try Something New
If you want to branch out and try something new this summer, look no further than Fitbit Local. Led by talented fitness trainers around the country, this fun monthly series of free workouts creates a positive wellness experience for people of all fitness levels—from beginner to spin class pro. Workouts include boot camps, fun runs, and yoga classes held in 10 cities across the nation.
Plus, Fitbit Local’s partnership with ZICO makes them an awesome resource to get your fitness on and stay hydrated while tapping into a welcoming, friendly, and health-oriented community. Get out in your city in a fresh and fit way, be more active, and inspire yourself and others to lead a healthier life. What’s not to love about that?
Find out about upcoming events in your city here.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.