Hydrate feel great

Hydrate feel great

Hydrate feel great logoTap into a healthier lifestyle in 2020

We’re continuing our mission in 2020 to get everyone in our region hydrated and feeling great throughout the year.

Whatever your age, drinking tap water throughout the day is one of the easiest (and cheapest) things you can do to stay fit and healthy.

Our top tips to tap into a healthier lifestyle

  • Pinch your skin and if it doesn’t bounce back right away, it’s time to drink more tap water. 
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day to feel good. That’s one glass every two hours. 
  • Swap sugary drinks for tap water or herbal teas and protect your teeth from tooth decay :-) 
  • Put lemon, lime or orange slices into a jug of tap water for a refreshing drink. 
  • Eat hydrating foods - watermelon, pineapple and strawberries. 
  • Remember tap water is fresher and cheaper – its costs up to 300 times less than bottled water. 
  • Stay hydrated on a night out by drinking one glass of water for every glass of alcohol (adults only) 
  • Sleep better at night by staying hydrated during the day. Sweet dreams!

Think before you drink

Six hydration tips for runners

Whether you’re new to running or a pro, drinking the right amount of water is extremely important – both during training and on race day. Staying hydrated can help to boost both your energy and endurance levels. 

These top tips will help you to perform your best:

1. Train with the same bottle you will use on race day

This is a good way to get to know how much water you need to stay hydrated – it also helps you to avoid using single-use plastic bottles.  

2. Include water-rich food in your training diet  

It’s important to eat healthily when training for a race. Fruit and vegetables – such as cucumber, oranges and apples – are a good source of hydration. Water-rich foods not only keep you hydrated they are also good for you.  

3. Drink water before, during and after the race 

It’s vital to carry on drinking as you run to replace the water that leaves your body as sweat. Drinking water after the race can also help with recovery.  

4. Always keep water on you  

If you don’t like carrying a standard reusable bottle while you run, there are other options including a handheld bottle or a hydration vest/bag which holds your bottle for you. 

5. Set a timer to remind you to drink  

Avoid forgetting to drink while you are running by setting a timer on your phone or watch to remind you. This is an easy way to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the race. 

6. Replace electrolytes lost through sweating  

To avoid fatigue it is important to replace the electrolytes that leave your body as you sweat. A number of fruits contain electrolytes – add some lemon or lime slices to your drink to replace lost electrolytes.  

Stay hydrated and Sugar Smart

Water is a healthy alternative to sugary sweetened drinks.

This summer why not take a refillable bottle with you and fill it with tap water?

It will help you to avoid fizzy drinks and reduce the amount of sugar you consume.

It is recommended that you should consume less than 7.5 teaspoons of sugar daily if you are an adult or child aged 11+.

We have joined forces with Sugar Smart teams across the South West to share the message that drinking water is really important for long-term health.

Find out more about how the team at Sugar Smart are encouraging people to make simple swaps to reduce their sugar intake.