We're all distracted, worried, and out of sorts. It makes sense that some of our healthy habits aren't happening. But, staying hydrated is important, especially for runners.
Are you drinking enough fluids each day? If you're like me, and get distracted or forget to drink up, consider the HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle. It reminds me to drink when it glows and sends me funny texts.
Good hydration is an easy way to take good care of yourself. Keep reading to learn the benefits of hydration and how HidrateSpark can help.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Drinking water is good for you in lots of ways. It helps your heart, brain, and muscles function. Fluids deliver nutrients to your cells. Water flushes bacteria from your bladder.
Here are a few more ways staying hydrated keeps you healthy:
Water Makes Your Skin Glow
Really. If you're dehydrated, your skin is less elastic. It looks dull. When you're hydrated, your skin looks supple and healthy.
Water Improves Cardiovascular Health
Dehydration lowers blood volume causing your heart to work harder. Your heart pumps harder to get the decreased amount of blood and oxygen to your cells. When you're hydrated, your blood volume is sufficient. Your heart doesn't need to work so hard.
Water Helps Muscle and Joint Function
A hydrated body has plenty of water in the cells of contracting muscles. Your muscles perform better because fluids moved nutrients to them and removed waste from your body. Water also keeps your joints lubricated.
Water Cleanses Your Body From the Inside
Your kidneys need water to their job. Kidneys filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine.
If you're seriously dehydrated, your kidneys could stop working. If your kidneys don't function you risk toxins building up in your body. Good hydration can also prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
The Hidrate App Tracks Water Intake
The App connects to the HidrateSpark bottle via bluetooth and displays your daily water intake so you can easily track it at work, at home or on the go.
You calculate your personal hydration goal using the app's proprietary formula. It determines a daily goal based on your height, weight, sex, activity level, and elevation.
Remember to factor in your specific situation. Some medications can act like diuretics, which means you need more water each day.
You'll receive fun text message reminders throughout the day. The bottle glows when it's time to sip. I've never enjoyed reminders so much!
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Using your height, weight, and activity level to set your daily water intake goal. The bottle can sense how much water is inside and tracks every sip you take. It can use your location to determine the temperature, humidity and elevation. You can also manually set your goal.
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Anyone Else Do This?
I just realized I've been matching my fuel to my shirts. It feels like a luxury since I have lots of Gatorade Endurance fuel in my training kit this Summer. Still, it made me laugh.
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Time for a #MyFuelMyJourney Check-In
In August, I revealed that my Fall racing schedule includes two serious race goals. I want to PR the last two half marathons I run in my 50s.
Those PRs can be 30 seconds and I'll be happy. The real challenge isn't my finishing time, it's staying focused and getting in good solid training despite distractions.
Thanks to Gatorade Endurance, I'm training with the same fuel that's on course at the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon on October 20, and the St. Pete Run Fest Half on November 17. (Psst! Race discount for Sarasota Half here.)
I love Gatorade Endurance products, and training with the same fuel the races use gives me one less thing to worry about.
What I am worried about is whether or not I'll be fully trained by October 20th.
It's been a super hot Summer. One of the hottest on record here in Florida. The humidity and heat make it hard to train hard. I substitute walks for runs on the really intense days.
In the past week, the early morning temps have dipped. It's only 78 degrees at 7:30 am now. That's encouraging. Running has been easier this week. Yet, I have to admit my 4-miler yesterday left me exhausted.
Training and Travel Don't Always Mix
I spent 2+ weeks out of town in August. It was wonderful to run in hilly locations and cooler temps. I managed to get my runs and cross-training done on most days.
The bad part about traveling was full days spent driving in a car. I always feel like a slug after sitting for 9 hours.
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Where Am I With My Training?
Today, I'm glad I have another month to prepare for First Watch Sarasota Half. I'm excited about running my shorter benchmark races to get an idea about race day performances.
Although my half marathons are in October and November, it will be warm. Not brutal, but probably in the 70s while running. I'll keep prepping for hot and humid conditions.
Until then, I'll be fueling my journey and thankful that I'm healthy, happy, and running.
Good luck with your running goals. See you at the starting line!
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What's In The Box?
The Hidrate Spark 3 bottle comes with a battery and finger loop. The main body arrives assembled. It has a removable lid, glow sensor stick, and base compartment where the battery goes. There's also an instruction booklet and a customer service contact card.
Step 1: Put in the Battery
Unscrew the bottom of the bottle. Read and follow the battery insertion directions. Be gentle when unscrewing and screwing the bottom on the bottle. You don't want to strip the screw.
Be careful to match the positive and negative symbols on the battery to the bottom of the sensor insert.
Once the battery is in place, the sensor will glow. I'm not sure why, but it made me smile. That's your signal that it's okay to reassemble the bottle.
Step 2: Attach the Finger Loop
Slip the finger loop under the metal pin on the back of the lid. Pull the cushioned part through loop and pull to tighten. You're ready use the finger loop to carry your bottle.
Step 3: Download the App
Yep, there's an app for that. If you have family members who love an app, but hate to be nagged about drinking more water — consider the Hidrate Spark 3. I'm eyeing a more masculine version (not hot pink) for a certain member of my family.
There's something appealing about the bottle glowing as a reminder — maybe 'cause it isn't your spouse saying, "drink more water" ?
Step 4: Connect and Configure the App
The app connects your phone to your Hidrate Spark with Bluetooth. It's super easy.
The app takes you through setup with a series of screens: Create an account, sync to your bottle, adjust settings to match your preferences. It only took a few minutes.
Once your app is ready you'll calibrate the bottle and sensor by emptying and filling the bottle. Again, super easy directions and illustrations on screen.
The app guides you with directions and screens for setup, syncing, and calibration. You can sync more than one bottle. (Photos credit: This Old Runner)
Step 5: Take a Drink and Bask in the Glow
Set the bottle on a flat surface after you drink. This allows the sensor to read and record how much liquid you drank. The app tracks your progress throughout the day. Each time you drink, it adds your intake to the daily total.
Each time you refill your bottle it will glow with approval. How cool is that?
Look at All the Fun Hidrate Spark 3 Colors!
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