6 Ways to Hydrate Like an Olympian

Ever wonder how Olympic athletes stay hydrated? With the 2016 Summer Olympics underway, that question has been on our minds a lot. Sometimes we just want to know how many glasses of water it takes Michael Phelps to swim in peak condition. That’s why we decided to do a little digging to discover exactly how Olympic superstars like Phelps replenish their energy in order to take the home the gold.

  

1.     Sweat it off

Olympic athletes need to drink before, during and after their training sessions and competitions. Sweating is the body’s way of controlling temperature, and athletes do a lot of it over the course of a day. Constant water breaks are a surefire way to recharge your system and keep you at peak performance.

 

2.     Don’t go for the gold

What exactly does healthy, hydrated urine look like? Mostly clear! The more water you drink, the more diluted your pee urine becomes. If your urine is darker in color and has a strong odor, then you’re definitely dehydrated. No worries, though: All you need to do to fix the problem is have a couple more glasses of water a day.

 

3.     Burn, baby, burn

Consuming thousands of calories a day is a necessity for Olympians. They burn off most of what they eat while competing and then need to replenish themselves in order to keep up muscle mass. Drinking more water not only helps athletes stay refreshed, but it also improves digestion and reduces stomach pains. (That must be a nice bonus after eating all that food.)

 

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4.     Glass half full

Athletes may give it 110 percent when racing, swimming or pole vaulting, but their bodies are only made up of about half that percentage in water. If an Olympian loses more than two percent of their weight in water, they will begin to lose their mental edge. Staying hydrated both prevents fatigue and keeps the mind and reflexes sharp for optimal Olympic performance.

 

5.     Drink more than you think

One of the biggest misconceptions about hydration is that you only need to drink water when you physically feel thirsty. In reality it’s already too late. By drinking water (or other beverages with high water content) every so often you can prevent dehydration from sneaking up on you. This is especially important if you’re out in the sun for prolonged periods of time. Pro tip: By carrying a reusable water bottle with you at all times, you’ll be more likely to take sips throughout the day.

 

6.     Be a good sport

We know we talk a lot about water, but hey, that’s what we do best. However, one of the best ways to make sure you stay as healthy as possible is to consume sports drinks in addition to your regular water intake. Sports drinks contain electrolytes that help to replace the sodium athletes lose when they sweat.

 

We all need to stay hydrated, but athletes need to work on it a little bit more than the rest of us. To keep yourself hydrated, check out these hacks. If you take these hydration tips to heart, who knows — maybe you’ll be up on a podium wearing the gold one day!

 

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How to Observe AND Preserve for Water Quality Month

Did you know August is National Water Quality Month? Not many people do, but that’s why we’re here — to spread the word. You can make simple changes in your water usage that will have a huge impact on local ecosystems and watersheds.

Think about all the little critters that play in the neighborhood creek or the pond by the park. Their health is literally in your hands. Your own water supply is one of the many places where polluted runoff occurs. Follow some of the helpful tips below to be on your way toward a cleaner and happier watershed.

 

·      Remember when you were six years old and your pet goldfish passed away? Your parents probably had a nice little toilet funeral for it. Well, believe it or not, flushing Goldie wasn’t too good for the environment. Let’s stop flushing anything that the toilet isn’t meant for. This includes medications, goldfish and leftover cleaning products.

 

·      Speaking of pets, we all know cleaning up after them is a cumbersome task. However, if their waste is left where it falls, it can get washed down storm drains, spreading  that bacteria into your drinking water.

 

·      Cars can create a huge mess if not tended to properly. You can still work on that old Corvette in the garage, but make sure you lay down some plastic liners to collect any dripping oil or other fluids first.

 

·      Gardens can be quite harmful to watersheds. If you use pesticides or chemical fertilizers, the runoff is some of the worst. If you have a patch of land dedicated to growing fruits, vegetables or flowers, you should take extra precautions and use organic repellents.

 

·      The same idea goes for toxic household products. One way or another, they get rinsed down the drain. To avoid contaminating your water, consider buying non-toxic, organic cleaners.

 

·      Finally, if you’re thinking about paving your driveway or other parts of your property, you might want to reconsider. Rainwater rinses off pavement and drags any pollutants it comes in contact with straight into the nearest drain. Without the pavement, water soaks into the ground, diluting contaminants and preventing flooding.

 

Over the past decade, watershed purity has declined. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015, “Every day, more than 2 million tons of sewage drain into the world’s waters.” 

It’s never been more important to stay conscious, keep updated and be proactive about water quality.

Not sure where your watershed is located or what condition it’s in? Just input your zip code or town name to Surf Your Watershed to find out.

Go out and start saving the planet – one flush at a time.

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Aqua America Partners with Villanova University College of Engineering on International Water Infrastructure Projects

Aqua America, Inc. today announced a partnership with Villanova University’s College of Engineering to provide mentorship opportunities, hands-on water quality expertise and foundation support for the college’s international service work. As part of this partnership, Aqua leadership and engineers will travel with Villanova faculty and students to various projects internationally to provide engineering and water infrastructure expertise.

Aqua’s on-site engagement with Villanova begins with a trip to Nicaragua on August 4 and a visit to Panama on August 11. Members of Aqua’s leadership team will accompany the Aqua team that includes engineers and water quality experts. They will travel with Villanova Engineering Service Learning (VESL) representatives to inspect water project sites, meet with community members and connect with local nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners. The partnership reflects Aqua’s greater initiative of partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations that advocate for the environment.

An important part of the success of the Villanova program has been working with in-country partners who have the capacity to implement these projects. In the Alto Bayano region of Panama, VESL has been providing engineering support on water-related infrastructure projects for 25 years. In collaboration with local NGO’s, they have helped to develop one of the largest rural water supply systems in Central America. Similarly, over the past decade, the college has worked with local partners in Waslala, Nicaragua to design and implement water supply networks that provide safe drinking water for rural communities. Through the Aqua America partnership, VESL hopes to improve the sustainability of water delivery services in these areas, while creating unique learning opportunities for its local partners and student participants.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Aqua America in what is a true partnership,” said Villanova’s Dr. Gary A. Gabriele, Drosdick-Endowed Dean of Engineering. “Aqua is VESL’s first corporate partner to put boots on the ground, and we look forward to the continued growth of this partnership.”

Aqua’s President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Franklin highlighted that the company has a long history of demonstrating commitment to the communities it serves.

“Because this commitment has become part of our culture, it will continue long into the future,” Franklin said. “When we consider how fortunate we are to live in the United States where clean drinking water is almost taken for granted, we must consider what other human beings in other countries endure each day to find clean water for their children to drink.”

Franklin noted that with this in mind, Aqua made the decision to take a small portion of the Aqua foundation budget and combine it with the talents its employees possess to make a meaningful difference for those who live in these countries.

He added, “As one of the nation’s leading water companies, our mission is to protect and provide Earth’s most essential resource. In our own small way, we will demonstrate our commitment in a few communities outside the U.S. where clean, safe drinking water is so desperately needed. We look forward to leveraging our expertise and partnering with Villanova’s distinguished College of Engineering faculty and students on this program.” 

Aqua supports environmental projects through the Aqua Charitable Trust and forming important partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the company’s territory. This partnership with Villanova marks the first time Aqua will be taking its commitment internationally.

Villanova is highly regarded in the area of water resource management and sustainability. In addition to offering graduate degrees in sustainable engineering and water resources and environmental engineering, the university is home to the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership. Given this area of expertise, in addition to Panama and Nicaragua, VESL water projects are underway in Ghana, Honduras, India and Madagascar. The college’s other service projects include robotics for unexploded ordnance removal in Cambodia, and mobile health programs in Nicaragua. More than half of Villanova’s engineering undergraduates participate in service-learning projects or experiences.

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Top Songs to Sing in the Shower

On average, a person spends roughly eight minutes in the shower. Do you know what a person does during those eight minutes? They sing. Yes, we all do it, or have done it.

Do you ever feel like your voice sounds better in the shower? And then you get this overwhelming confidence that you should go on The Voice because you could potentially be the next big thing?

Yeah, us too. That’s because the shower is on our side. With its size and shape, our voices create the most perfect sound waves (or so we think).

So, tell us, what are some of your favorite songs to sing? We created a list of the top 10 songs to sing in the shower and we promise they will not disappoint. Plus, they’re all pretty short songs, so they’re perfect for timing a nice, short shower that gets you clean and conserves water. Start those vocal exercises because after reading this, you’re going to want to get singing. 

 

 

1.     “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

 

 

Who: The Proclaimers 

Why we sing along: It is definitely easier to sing about walking 500 miles than actually doing the action itself. So, pretend to put on your walking shoes and get ready for a crazy adventure of belting notes ranging from E to B. 

 

 

2.     “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

 

 

Who: Elton John and Kiki Dee

 

Why we sing along: OK, singing a duet is so much fun because you get to change characters in the midst of all the excitement. One minute you’re Elton and the next you’re Kiki. What else could you want?

 

 

3. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”

 

Who: Whitney Houston

 

Why we sing along: Um, it’s Whitney Houston. There are no other reasons necessary.  

 

 

4. “Billie Jean”

 

Who: Michael Jackson

 

Why we sing along: Other than the fact that it’s the King of Pop, this song tells a story and it’s one that we all know well. We dare you to try and not sing or dance to this tune.  

 

 

 

5. “I Will Survive”

 

Who: Gloria Gaynor

 

Why we sing along: Bad breakup? Nothing Gloria Gaynor can’t help with. Be the survivor she sings about.  

 

 

6. “Dancing Queen”

 

 

Who: Abba

 

Why we sing along: You cannot resist ABBA. We love this song because not only can you sing it, but you can also dance along because — drum roll please — you are the dancing queen, baby! 

 

 

 

7. “Don’t Stop Believin’”

 

Who: Journey

 

Why we sing along: Journey said it best: Don’t stop believin’ and definitely don’t stop singin’! This is the ultimate tune to play “rock star,” so don’t hold anything back. If you’re destined to win The Voice, you have to nail all of the ranges of these notes. 

 

 

 

8. “Sweet Caroline”

 

 

Who: Neil Diamond

 

Why we sing along: Ahhhh. “Sweet Caroline.” One of the best. We’ve all tried replacing “Caroline” with our own names. Unfortunately, it just isn’t the same. Sweet Caroline it is, and that’s all it’ll stay Thank you, Neil! 

 

 

9. “I Want to Know What Love is”

 

Who: Foreigner

 

Why we sing along: Do you want to know what love is? Because we sure do and this classic song is going to help us. It’s easy to let go and put your entire heart and soul into this jam…so do it. The steamy shower won’t mind. 

 

 

 

10. “Can’t Stop the Feelin’”

 

Who: Justin Timberlake

  

Why we sing along: Yes, we had many of the classics above, but this song was necessary. It is all over the radio right now and it’s so catchy, you can’t help but sing along with the ever-soulful JT. Don’t even try to stop that feeling. Get in the shower and belt your heart out! 

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Road Trip! Aqua's Eight Best Water Parks

Road trip! It’s finally summer and that means we’re putting on our water wings, hiking up our trunks and getting ready for the best water park experience ever. Whether you only visit one, or are able to swing by all eight parks below, you’re sure to have an incredible time.

Water you waiting for? Dive in!

 

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Santa Claus, Ind.

Three words: Mammoth Water Coaster. This 7-story attraction is the longest water coaster in the world, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Its sister coaster, Wildebeest, hasn’t broken any records, but it has been voted the #1 Water Park Ride on the Planet by readers of Amusement Today magazine.

 In addition to their award-winning water coasters, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari boasts everything from lazy rivers to racing slides. For guaranteed family fun this park is a must see for the summer.

 

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Water Country USA

Williamsburg, VA.

Cow-A-Bunga, H2O UFO and Jet Scream are just a few of the many cleverly named rides and slides Water Country USA has to offer. Need something for the kids? No problem! Want something more thrilling for yourself? They’ve got you covered. This park is also owned by the same people who bring you Busch Gardens, so you know you’ll be getting the best quality attractions. Williamsburg has a lot to offer, and we highly suggest making your way down there this summer.

 

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NRH2O Family Water Park

North Richland Hills, Texas

The slogan says it all: The Formula for Family Fun! Whether you want some single slide action, or to share the day with your loved ones, this park has just what you’re looking for, without breaking the bank. These prices are seriously hard to beat. With the more pricey tickets coming in around $27, this park is half as expensive as some of their major competitors. And did we mention that residents of NRH2O Family Water Park’s hometown get an additional discount?

 


Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

Erie, Pa.

Did someone say indoor water park? Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort houses a world of fun inside one building. In addition to traditional water slides and pools, this indoor paradise also contains land activities. After they’re done playing in the water, laser tag and the arcade are sure to keep your little ones entertained for the entire day.

Don’t forget to check out their social media. On June 24th@SplashLagoon attempted to break the World Record for World’s Largest Swim Lesson!  

 

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Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks

Wildwood, N.J.

OK, so we cheated a little bit and decided to give you both awesome water parks from Morey’s Piers. The first, Raging Waters Water Park, provides a day full of excitement and adventure. Head to the activity pool to take a whack at the family friendly obstacles, then take a trip to Shotgun Falls for a heart racing good time. Ocean Oasis Water Park + Beach Club is labeled as a “tropical island getaway.” Lounge in a private cabana or get your surf on at Bonsai Beach. No matter which park you visit you’re sure to have a blast.

 

Soak City Water Park at Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio

Ohi-oh yeah. Soak City Cedar Point has everything you could possibly want. From thrills ranging from mild to aggressive your summer just got a whole lot more interesting. Personally, we think their Eerie Falls slide is the best. However, it’s not for the faint of heart. Three winding tunnels in complete darkness makes for one unforgettable ride. So what are you waiting for? Try it out, if you dare.

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild Emerald Pointe

Greensboro, N.C. 

Five pools and 12 slides: This park packs some serious punch when it comes to attractions. Our favorite is Raging Rapids, because who doesn’t love a 450-foot white water rafting experience?

Starting to get hungry from your day of play? Along with the various in-park eating areas, you have the good fortune of being smack dap in the heart of Greensboro. With tons of local restaurants nearby you’ll be getting the best food experience in town.

 

Raging Waves Waterpark

Yorkville, Ill. 

Welcome to Illinois’ largest water park. If you’re from the area we’re sure you’ve heard about the brand new Wonambi. This four-person tube ride twists and turns for some ultimate thrills. But if that’s not really for you then Raging Waves Waterpark offers many other kick-butt rides. Your kids are sure to love Kangaroo Falls and Koala Kove. This adorable Australia-themed park is sure to make your summer an awesome one.

 

There’s no better way to keep cool in the scorching summer heat than at a water park. And now that you know where to go for an awesome summer, all you need to remember is the sunscreen. We hope you enjoy your vacations and remember to stay hydrated!

Visit our blog for tips and tricks on how to conserve water and for other ways you can have fun this summer.

 

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