Yes, it’s still [technically] winter, which means throwing back tons of chilly H20 every day probably isn’t top of mind. But when you’re always on the go — and you’re dancing a lot — staying sufficiently hydrated is key. And it’s not hard! Heed these hydration hacks from New York-based registered dietitian Kim Hoban.
1. Never leave home without your water bottle.
“Get a bottle you love and keep it with you at all times — at your desk, in your dance bag, in your car, and wherever else you go,” says Hoban. “It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to be nearby so you can reach for it throughout the day.” Check out brands like HydroFlask, Klean Kanteen, and S’well, all of which offer up bottles in fun patterns — so you can get one that fits your personality and gets you excited to drink!
2. There’s an app for that!
Hoban recommends downloading the app Waterlogged, which gives you a goal fluid intake for the day and lets you log as you drink. “It’s a fun challenge and you can set periodic reminders so you’ll be encouraged to sip throughout the day,” says Hoban.
3. Actually listen to your body.
“You don’t need crazy calculations to determine whether you’re dehydrated or not,” says Hoban. “Look at the color of your urine and pay attention to symptoms like headaches, thirst, lightheadedness, and dry mouth or skin.” (If you’re sufficiently hydrated, your urine should be very light yellow. Dark yellow = you’re past due for a drink or two!)
4. Get fizzy with it.
“If you hate the taste of plain water, jazz it up with fruit or opt for an unsweetened seltzer,” says Hoban, who loves La Croix and Spindrift.
5. Some like it hot!
If you feel less thirsty during the cooler months, consider drinking hot water with lemon or herbal tea. “That way you get fluid while warming up,” says Hoban.
6. Eat your way to hydration.
“Foods like watermelon, peppers, berries, cucumber, and lettuce all contain high amounts of water and offer up nutritional benefits, too,” says Hoban. Sounds like a win to us!