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Beyond Water: Sneaky Ways To Hydrate in the Summer
Fitness
Published Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 by Alissa Rogers

Beyond Water: Sneaky Ways To Hydrate in the Summer

Drink
Nutrition

If drinking enough water every day is a challenge for you, you might need to create ways to sneak it in.

First, do you really know why you need to drink plenty of water every day? In addition to being the original calorie-free thirst quencher, water keeps your body running smoothly. It helps heart pump blood more easily, helps muscles remove waste, transports nutrients and oxygen, and helps regulate body temperature — important stuff.

Second, if drinking enough water every day seems like an impossible task, despite knowing the importance of hydration, here’s some good news: drinking eight glasses of water a day is a myth. However, the Mayo Clinic says eight can be a good benchmark (though it also claims everyone is different).

Here are a few helpful tips to get you hydrated quickly and easily.

Bite Into Watermelons and Chomp on Lettuce 

Water can make its way into your body in all sorts of clever ways — in fruits, vegetables, soup, and even caffeinated coffee and tea (the minor diuretic effect of these beverages is offset by the amount of water they contain). Of course, some fruits and vegetables contain more water than others. At the top of the list: cucumbers and lettuce, which are 96% water. If you’re more of a fruit person, watermelon and strawberries are 92% water.

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Bite Into Watermelons and Chomp on Lettuce 

Water can make its way into your body in all sorts of clever ways — in fruits, vegetables, soup, and even caffeinated coffee and tea (the minor diuretic effect of these beverages is offset by the amount of water they contain). Of course, some fruits and vegetables contain more water than others. At the top of the list: cucumbers and lettuce, which are 96% water. If you’re more of a fruit person, watermelon and strawberries are 92% water.

Add a Pint (Not Beer) 

Being outdoors in the summer heat can dehydrate you quickly. For every pound of sweat you lose, you need to drink an extra pint of water. If you don’t like the taste of water, or have a hard time drinking it, add some lemon slices, or use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes.

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Add a Pint (Not Beer) 

Being outdoors in the summer heat can dehydrate you quickly. For every pound of sweat you lose, you need to drink an extra pint of water. If you don’t like the taste of water, or have a hard time drinking it, add some lemon slices, or use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes.

Suck It Through a Straw

Drinking through a straw can increase the amount of water you drink.  Plus, it’s thought that straws improve the flavor of beverages (it has to do with your taste buds and chemical reactions). Something as simple as a straw could help you drink more water.

The best way to know if you’re getting enough water isn’t to measure ounces or weigh fruit – it’s as easy as going to the bathroom. Ideally, you should be getting enough water that you have to go to the bathroom every two to four hours, and your urine should be the color of pale lemonade.

Sneak more fruits and vegetables into your diet and follow these simple guidelines to get hydrated and stay hydrated all summer long.

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Suck It Through a Straw

Drinking through a straw can increase the amount of water you drink.  Plus, it’s thought that straws improve the flavor of beverages (it has to do with your taste buds and chemical reactions). Something as simple as a straw could help you drink more water.

The best way to know if you’re getting enough water isn’t to measure ounces or weigh fruit – it’s as easy as going to the bathroom. Ideally, you should be getting enough water that you have to go to the bathroom every two to four hours, and your urine should be the color of pale lemonade.

Sneak more fruits and vegetables into your diet and follow these simple guidelines to get hydrated and stay hydrated all summer long.

Alissa Rogers
Written by
Alissa Rogers
Senior Copywriter
About the author
At MINDBODY, Alissa works on things like ad campaigns, emails, nurture drips, and direct mail campaigns. A California native, she loves being anywhere near a coast. In her free time, Alissa enjoys In-N-Out and yoga (balance), reading, and taking long walks through every aisle at Target.
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Fitness
Published Friday Nov 13, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Why You Need a Virtual Workout Buddy

Fitness
Motivation

Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test.  On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?

That’s a different story.  

While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand* 

The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.  

I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.  

If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why: 


A virtual workout buddy keeps you accountable. 

Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self.  According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.  


A virtual workout buddy will push you further. 

Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.  


A virtual workout buddy makes you more adventurous. 

Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.   


A virtual workout buddy helps keep you social.

Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.  

As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.