News - 15th April 2021

Get the most out of your spring hikes

Waterford Nature parkrun in partnership with Vhi

Our friends at Aqua Optima have some top tips on how to get the most out of your spring hikes, and it all starts with staying hydrated.


As lockdown restrictions start to ease and outdoor meetups are back on the agenda, many of us continue to head outdoors for our daily exercise.


From runs in the park to scenic hikes, as the weather starts to become brighter and warmer, it’s never been more important to ensure you’re drinking plenty of water when out and about.


That’s why our friends at Aqua Optima have put together four top tips on how you can get the most out of your springtime walks.


1. Make sure to take regular hydration stops


This may seem a simple action, but staying hydrated is an important part of exercising and having a water bottle can make sure you keep on top of your hydration game.


Not only can you carry it around with you during your hike, but it’s also eco-friendly as it prevents the use of single-use plastic bottles. You can enjoy every sip of water knowing that you’re helping the environment whilst staying hydrated.


Why not fill up your reusable water bottle with refreshing filtered water from your Aqua Optima Liscia water jug for the perfect refreshment break drink? Enjoy sipping on some filtered water whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery.


2. Don’t overhydrate


This may seem a little unusual but it’s very easy to over-hydrate when you’re on a tough walk.


If you drink more water than you need, your sodium level (which regulates nerves and muscular functions) becomes diluted by the water, which eventually leads to a drop in its concentration in the blood.


Try drinking regularly to compensate for the water loss during your hike. If you’re unsure how much water you should be drinking, it’s always best to seek advice from a doctor, who will be able to provide more detailed information.


 3. Preparation is key


If you’re planning to go for your hike at say 4pm, plan your hydration breaks around this and aim to drink feel hydrated before you set off. Staying hydrated is important to prevent muscular cramps – drinking plenty of water will also help to keep your muscles functioning effectively meaning you take on more challenging hikes through the spring months.


4. Keep it chilled – add an ice cube or two


Everyone should be drinking regularly throughout the day, and increase as and when you need to whilst exercising.  It’s easier to do this when water tastes good and is chilled. Try using a water filter jug, which is a cheaper long term investment than bottled water and can be kept in the fridge to keep the water cold and refreshing all day.


Fill your reusable water bottle with some nice, chilled filtered water for a refreshing post-walk drink. Why not add some ice cubes as well to ensure your water is kept chilled for longer?



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