This Home Gym Hydration Station post has been created as part of a #PureLifeRippleEffect campaign, I’ve been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own.
The countdown is officially on for the start of race season in Florida. We only have about three months of training left before the running insanity ensues.
When you live in a subtropical climate training for a half or full marathon is a real challenge. For example, right now here in Central Florida it is 82 degrees outside with a real feel of 98 degrees and 87% humidity…and it’s not even 11:00 a.m.! Have you ever tried to run in that? It’s like running through soup. On days like this my daughter and I like to train inside on the treadmill in our home gym.
Many of you know that I am a huge Disney nerd. And most of the medals that you see hanging on that Mickey Mouse rack are my Disney race medals with a few other local races mixed in for good measure. My teenage daughter has many of the same medals in her room. I feel truly blessed to have a sport that both of us can enjoy together.
When I was setting up our home gym I wanted it to have the bare necessities. I think that a clean and streamlined environment encourages both of us to want to utilize the space more often. I try to keep everything tidy and fully stocked for optimum performance even during training sessions.
One of the anchors in this space is the “Hydration Station”. In this space I have clean towels, plenty of bottled water, free weights and a photo for motivation.
Having these items close by reminds us to keep things clean and keep our bodies hydrated.
Stocking our home gym’s Hydration Station became slightly more of a challenge this past week. You see, not only do we live in a subtropical climate, we also live smack dab in the middle of the hurricane belt and when Hurricane Erika was headed our way there was a run on bottled water at my local Walmart. Looks like Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water is one of the more popular brands.
I’ve found that the best way to get my family to drink more water is to eliminate less healthy options from my grocery list. You will not find any soda or juice inside our refrigerator or pantry. You will only find bottled water. Why give family members the temptation to reach for a beverage loaded with sugar when you can encourage them to drink more water?
Here is a great Tip from Robin Plotkin – “Using age appropriate concepts, talk to your kids about the importance of hydration. For young children, explain that it helps them stay cool when they are hot; for older, school-aged children, remind them that even mild to moderate dehydration can negatively impact mood, energy, concentration and short term memory—which are all important when studying, taking exams or playing sports.”
So why is it so important to drink water?
Even the slightest bit of dehydration can affect running performance. Drink enough water so that your urine is straw colored. Aim for a really pale yellow. If your urine is dark yellow to orange you are definitely inside the dehydration zone. Drink more water!
This is something I have to remind my daughter of constantly. That’s what moms are for right? I am not alone in the battle to get my child to drink more water. Nestlé® Pure Life® recently surveyed moms and kids and found that…
- 84% of moms say bottled water is a convenient way to ensure their child is drinking water
- 97% of moms think making one healthy choice leads to making other healthy choices.
- Nearly 2 in 5 (37%) moms agree letting their child drink bottled water instead of out of a cup would help get their child to drink more water.
© 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.
While starting training sessions being properly hydrated is important, it is also imperative to rehydrate after a training session. Keeping bottled water within reach in your home gym is a solid way to make sure that this happens.
As moms, if we can ensure that our kids establish healthy habits early on, these habits will carry on to adulthood. We call this The Ripple Effect movement. To help start The Ripple Effect, Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country through After-School All-Stars, an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through afterschool programming.
Have some ideas you’d like to share on how you keep your family hydrated? Visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect.
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“We conducted our online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12.”– © 2015 Nestle Waters North America Inc.