It is vital to drink water. Even more when you are practicing a sport. Skydiving is no different. The human body needs water to regulate its temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, clear its wastes, and protect the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues. Well, I think I have been able to convince you that we all need water. However, the biggest issue I have is that I forget to drink water most of the time when I’m at the drop zone skydiving. I’m sure you also know a guy who knows another guy that always forgets to drink water. At the end, everyone’s needs tricks to drink water more often.

Carry two bottles of water with you

I try to have one bottle of water with my skydiving bag and another where I’m doing the briefing and debriefings. Having it in front of my eyes helps me drink more water than if I have to look for it. In my drop zone, we can’t stay in one place. It means that our gear stays inside the hangar, where we pack our parachutes, but we meet outside in another area to help control the coronavirus spread. So for me, what works best is to have water bottles where I stay the most. In my case, near where I pack and at the space where brief and debrief our jumps.

carry water with you all the time

Try to drink water when you eat

I have to admit, it’s hard for me to drink water when I’m enjoying my tasty meal at the skydiving centre. However, I easily remember to buy Coca-Cola rather than purchasing water. Save that Coke for the end of the day.

Natural Flavors can help

Honestly, I prefer juice to plain water. One of the secrets I found reading other articles about this topic is to add some lime, mint, lemon, or strawberries. Anything we add (natural please) will save us from the boredom of ordinary water and also help us with our diet.

glass with flavored water with mint and lime

The technology works for you

Do you have a phone with an alarm? Yes, me too. Set water breaks during the day to make sure you are hydrating yourself properly. Also, many apps help you with the “drink water” task. I like the Drink Water Reminder; it works great for me. If you want a list of the best hydration apps of 2020, we got you.

Food with lots of water? Yes, that is a great idea

Do you know what cucumber, tomatoes, and cabbage have in common? They are water-rich foods. Lots of fruits and vegetables are also a great source of water. Cucumbers, for example, have 96% of water. They are also low in calories and a great source of vitamins and fibre. There are many articles about water-rich food online. However, you can find a great list with the best food to keep you hydrated.

chef cutting cucumber

Set yourself a goal

Every day we lose water, and for our body to work correctly, we need to replenish it. Keeping in mind that specialists recommend men to drink about 15.5 cups of water (3.7 liters) and for women, approximately 11.5 cups (2.7 liters). It’s crucial to have a plan and know some tricks to drink more water,  if we want to reach this goal.

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Many factors can influence our water needs, such as exercise, environment, overall health, pregnancy or breastfeeding, and so on. A great way to know if you are drinking enough water is if you don’t feel thirsty, and if your urine is colorless or light yellow.

Athletes that participate in long or intense workouts or endurance events are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, it is rare for healthy adults to drink too much water.

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