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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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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The Aqua Guide to Summer Pool Safety

When it comes to pools and summer activities, it’s easy to get excited and forget about certain precautions you should be taking. Safety should always come first. Since June is National Safety Month, we’ve rounded up some pool safety tips so this summer can be safe and fun for everyone.

 

1.     Supervise children and friends

One of the best parts of the summer is being able to watch friends and family happily splash around in the pool. It’s important to keep a watchful eye on kids playing in the water. Children between the ages ofone and four are at the highest risk for drowning-related incidents.

 To prevent this, never leave kids unattended by the pool and teach them safe ways to play with water. Pool-related injuries are not just restricted to children, so watch out for your adult friends, too.

 

2.     Use a drain grate

A drain grate is a necessity in every pool and spa. You might notice one on the bottom of your private pool or in a few different places in your local public pool. The public pool you attend is required to have drain grates to ensure that the pool will not start draining while people are swimming in it. However, if something seems fishy, report it immediately. The suction from a pool or spa drain is strong enough to trap an adult, so drain grates must remain intact at all times.

 

3.     Take a CPR class

CPR is a great skill for anyone to have. If you’ve ever worked at a camp or school, you most likely took a CPR class and picked up a few basic skills. If you have private pool, you might not be able to get the help you need right away when there’s an emergency. Learning CPR allows you to aid a situation until proper medical care can be administered. You can take a class at your local Red Cross or a similar facility in order to become certified. 

 

4.     Check your chlorine levels 

You’ve probably seen the lifeguard at your local pool do a chlorine test. Chlorine is in the pool to sanitize the water. However, chlorine does not always kill germs immediately. Some germs can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days to die. When germs are not killed and a person ingests the water, they might end up with a Recreational Water Illness (RWI). RWIs are caused by germs or chemicals in recreational swimming water. To avoid this, make sure the water you are swimming in is safe. If you’re unsure, avoid swallowing the water.

 

5.     Teach your child how to swim

Teaching your child how to swim can be a great bonding experience for both of you. Swimming is fun for the kids and a great form of exercise. Children who can swim are also less likely to get injured when playing in the pool. You can teach your child to swim on your own, or enlist the help of your local YMCA or swimming facility. Grab those water wings and get to it!

 Swimming can be a blast as long as you’re being safe. When you use these safety tips, you’re creating a safe environment for the people around you. Educate your loved ones on pool safety so everyone can have a fun and safe summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give Summer a Warm Welcome with Memorial Day Water Fun

 

 

Photo used via Creative Commons from Flickr user David Goehring

 

When it comes to summer, water is almost always a part of the conversation. Hotter weather means an increased need for hydration among people, animals and plants, and with the help of a swimming pool or slip ‘n’ slide, water is a reliable way to cool off.

Since using more water can also mean higher water bills, it’s also important to be smart about how much you use. Whether you anticipate celebrating Memorial Day by firing up the grill or turning on the air conditioning, we’ve got some ideas for how to make the most of your water usage as you kick off the summer.

 

Drink Up

If you’re looking to cool off while still conserving water, skip the overhead misters. They tend to waste water and get expensive very quickly, especially when the air outside is already humid. Instead, try whipping up a few refreshing water drinks that’ll keep the whole family hydrated, cool and happy.

  

 

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Here are some great recipes for tasty-flavored water drinks to get the summer started on a high note. Flavors like blueberry vanilla lime and strawberry kiwi will please anyone with a sweet tooth, while honeydew basil and rosemary grapefruit concoctions might appeal to those with more adventurous tastes.

 

Freeze It

While the grown-ups of the bunch may prefer to sip these fruity drinks by the pool, there’s a sure way to get the kids excited, too – popsicles!

 It’s as easy as this: Make a little extra of the drink in your pitcher, then fill up a tray of popsicle molds and pop ‘em in the freezer. Be sure to allow enough time for your frozen treats to get nice and icy before it’s time to enjoy them.

(Psst… Want to score some extra cool parent points? Lightsaber popsicle mold. Enough said.)

 

 

Play a Classic Summer Game

When you’re not sipping your summery drink, who doesn’t love some classic water balloon fun? Kids of all ages can put on their thinking caps to create endless games with water balloons, ranging from a good old splash fight to water balloon races or piñatas.

 

 

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The water you use to fill up the balloons doesn’t have to go to waste, either. Make sure all the action takes place in the grass or in the pool so that the aftermath simply fills the pool back up or waters the lawn. It’s a win-win scenario. Just don’t forget to clean up the broken balloon shreds when you’re done. You don’t want those choking a four-legged friend or clogging up the pool pump.

In fact, anytime you play any water games, make sure you’re either in the pool (so the water stays where it belongs) or in the grass (so the water goes to good use). There’s no such thing as thirsty or dehydrated concrete.

No matter how you spend your Memorial Day weekend, we hope you’ll be safe, water-smart and relaxed with your friends and family.

 

 

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4 Ways to Use Water for Wacky Outdoor Fun

It’s finally starting to feel like summer, and we all know what that means: It’s time for long days and nights spent outside, pool parties, running through sprinklers and everything else that’s fun in the sun.

With summer comes lots of water, and naturally, we want you to use your water, not abuse it. Why not cool off, entertain the kids and water the lawn at the same time? We’ve got four ideas for summer fun that’ll allow you to do just that.

Finding kid-friendly summer activities isn’t too hard, but it can be a little rough on the wallet. These activities use common household items that you probably already have, and if you don’t, you can find them for low costs at any dollar store.

Get ready for some fun!

 

1. Sponge Races

                                 

 

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What you need:

·       Four medium-sized buckets (six if you want to play three games at a time)

·       Two large car-washing sponges

·       A permanent marker

How it works:

·       Take the permanent marker and draw a line horizontally around the middle of the bucket. Make sure it’s in the same place for each bucket – you don’t want to start any fights!

·       Fill two of the buckets up to the line and place them outside in the grass.

·       Set up the other two buckets about five feet apart for younger children, or eight to 10 feet apart for older kids.

·       Let the races begin! The first person or team to transfer all the water from one bucket to the other using the sponge is the winner.

Pro tip:

·       Add a dash of dish soap to the water to make the races soapy and extra fun.

 

2. Mega Bubbles

 

 

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What you need:

·       6 cups of water

·       1 cup of corn syrup

·       2 cups of dish soap

·       A mixing bowl and spoon

·       2 metal rods or any kind of stick — this can be slim PVC pipe or wooden dowel

·       Cotton string

How it works:

·       Mix the water, corn syrup and dish soap in the bowl until everything is combined and there aren’t any layers on top.

·       Cut one piece of string that is the length of your child’s arm, then cut another that is the length of their wingspan.

·       Tie the ends of the short string to the ends of the long string. 

·       Attach the tied strings to the ends of the metal rods.

·       Holding the rods together, dip the string into the bubble solution.

·       Pull the string out, slowly spread the metal rods apart and then pull through the air to create your giant bubble.

Pro tip:

·       Add a little bit of food coloring to make colorful mega bubbles.

·       Check out this YouTube video to see a more in-depth explanation of how to create the giant bubble wands.

 

3. Colorful Ice Spheres

 

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What you need:

  • Water balloons
  • Non-gel food coloring
  • A sink and a freezer
  • A pair of scissors

How it works:

  • Fill a water balloon with water, using a little bit less than you would for normal water balloon usage.
  • Squirt a couple drops of food coloring into the balloon. Fewer drops will mean a lighter color, while more drops will produce a darker color.
  • Tie the water balloon and give it a little shake.
  • Place all the water balloons in the freezer and let them freeze completely. This can take anywhere from two hours to five hours, depending on the size of the balloons.
  • Once frozen, take balloons out of the freezer and use the scissors to cut off the bottom, then peel off the rest of the balloon.
  • The choice of what to do now is yours, but can we recommend creating a game of outdoor bowling?

Pro tip

  • If you make a ton of little balloons, you can use them to spruce up your cooler. Mix them in with the rest of your ice so that every time someone grabs a drink, they’ll get a colorful surprise.

 

4. Make it Rain                     

 

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What you need:

  • Hot water
  • Ice cubes
  • A glass jar
  • A paper plate or bowl

How to do it:

  • Add about two to three inches of hot water to your glass jar.
  • Put your paper product on top of the glass jar and wait a few minutes.
  • Place a few ice cubes on top of the plate.
  • Watch it start to rain inside your jar!

Pro tip:

  • Place one ice cube outside and one inside and have your child observe the differences in the rain. Ask them how they think the temperature or the setting is changing the weather in your little jar. It’s a perfect way to explain the water cycle.

 

Even though you’ll be busy having a blast with these fun activities, always remember to use your water wisely. By doing each of these activities on the lawn, the water will be put to good use. Be safe, lather up the sunscreen and stay hydrated for an unforgettable summer!  

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