Hydration Motivation: Why It’s Important to Keep Hydrated on the Job

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We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but it can be hard to adjust drinking habits to the heat of summer. It’s easy to underestimate how much you need to drink to replenish lost fluids. For the most physically demanding jobs, you can lose up to 2-3 gallons* of fluids through sweat a day.

Dehydration is not just a concern for those who work outdoors. People who work in warehouses, or even old office buildings, are often susceptible as well – areas such as these tend not to be air conditioned or have poor air movement. It is essential to listen to your body and properly hydrate throughout the day.

Motivations to Remain Hydrated

  • Health – The three main stages in the progression of heat-related illness are heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and finally and most serious, heat stroke. Watch out for feelings of fatigue and confusion – these symptoms occur in every stage and are good signals that heat illness has begun to take affect. Heat affects different people in different ways, but other common symptoms include nausea, fainting and body aches. No matter what the signal is, at the first sign of heat illness, it is important to let your body recover and properly rehydrate.
  • Safety – Allow yourself adequate recovery time from heat illness symptoms to avoid putting yourself and others at risk. The more dehydrated you become, the more your health and job performance declines as well.  Many times, work involving heavy equipment and exposure to heat go hand-in-hand. It is paramount that these workers maintain their focus on the job.  A misstep caused by the effects of dehydration could be life threatening.
  • Productivity – As a person becomes more dehydrated, their body most work harder to try and keep cool. This quickly exhausts the body, resulting in a decrease of physical and cognitive work performance, and a loss of overall productivity.

Tips to Maintain Adequate Hydration

  • Add Flavor – It can be a full-time job trying to stay hydrated in extreme heat. It is recommended that you drink 5-7 fluid ounces every 15-20 minutes* – that’s a lot of fluid!  To keep up with the recommendations, try to rotate between drinking water and flavored beverages. Isotonic beverages such as Gatorade® and Sqwincher help to replenish electrolytes. Juices and vitamin waters are also good options because they can be more satisfying than plain water and help to encourage fluid intake.
  • Drink Before You’re Thirsty – If you take a drink every 15-20 minutes, this helps you stay ahead of dehydration. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. At the same time, it is possible to overhydrate as well. You need to be conscious of your body’s needs and find a hydration strategy that works for you.
  • Keep Fluids Close and Easily Accessible – Think of the expression “out of sight, out of mind.” Proximity is key to staying hydrated – keep an insulated cooler within sight to serve as a reminder to hydrate. Coolers also allow you to prepare large amounts of fluids that will remain cold and refreshing throughout the day.

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Learn more about Heat Safety: Watch the Sqwincher Hydration Central Video

*Source: https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/ensuring-workers-drink-enough-water-2

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Courtney Petesch

Courtney Petesch is the Marketing Specialist for HP Products, a distributor of 50,000 facility maintenance products throughout the Midwest. Courtney has over 5 years of experience managing e-commerce product content and merchandising, overseeing social media initiatives, executing email marketing campaigns and evaluating analytics.