I know I don’t drink enough water because we recently took part in the RNLI’s H2Only challenge. There’s nothing like committing to drinking nothing but water for ten days to expose how infrequently you actually drink it.
But this will not do.
Open up your phone now and look at the weather for the next 10 days. Here’s mine:
It’s going to be a scorcher of a week, certainly the hottest so far this year.
As the temperature rises it’s more important than ever to stay on top of our hydration.
I promptly downloaded it, excited that this could be the solution to my chronic dehydration. As a younger man I would have described myself as a sceptic, because I refused to accept things at face value – for better or worse. I understand if even the thought of using an app to help you drink more makes you sceptical or even uncomfortable, yet another significant part of our lives that we’ve handed over to technology. Why would we need an app to help us drink more when we should just assume the responsibility ourselves?
So I am embarking on an experiment.
Over the next seven days I am testing two things.
One, can I use technology to help me drink more water? Does it really work, and if so, how? Will I form new hydration habits, or will this simply be another excuse to be tethered to my mobile device?
Two, how does increased water intake make me feel and perform? Will improved hydration make me feel less sluggish, more alert and more productive?
I will use the app for the full working week, measuring my water intake, noting down my mood, performance and general wellbeing, and report back next Wednesday with an update.
The bottom line is that I need to drink more water, and the hottest week of the year seems like a good time to start.
By Will Reynolds