Water. It is one of the most vital elements for sustaining life. If you have any experience in the woods or wilderness, you know that it is also one of the top four priorities anytime you find yourself in a survival situation – shelter, water, fire, and food.
You know water is important. We’ve all heard it makes up 70% of our bodies. We know that dehydration can cause serious health problems. But how do you know if you are getting enough? And how can you make sure that you always remember to drink it? With all the distractions we face every day, remembering to stay hydrated can easily slide to the bottom of our list.
But this is 2018. There’s an app for that!
In case you’re not familiar with hydration apps, basically what they do is threefold.
- Tell you how much water you need to drink on a daily basis
- Allow you to track your water intake with a single tap
- Remind you to drink water
Your smartphone is always with you, so put it to work keeping you healthy! Today, we’re going to talk about my top 3 app choices for tracking hydration.
This one is pretty cool. Not only can you get it on your phone (iPhone, iPad, and Android versions available), but it also has a companion Apple Watch app. WaterMinder makes tracking super quick and easy with the “Today View” widget. Using this widget, you can just swipe down (instead of opening the app every time), add how many glasses you’ve consumed, and view your progress, which lets you know how much more you need to drink in order to meet your goal.
When you start out on this app, it will give you a hydration goal specifically based on your individual gender, weight (or goal weight), physical activity level, and even that day’s weather! One of my favorite features is the ability to set custom glass sizes. That way, if you have a specific water bottle or a hydration pack that you use, you can enter that into the app for easy tracking. It also tracks more than just water so you can log all of your liquid intake (even alcohol).
With over 5300 reviews on the Apple store, it has a 4.8 out of 5 rating. The only downside is that this app costs a little money ($4.99). So let’s check out some free ones…
Very customizable and easy to use, the Waterlogged app offers everything you need in a hydration app along with a couple cool upgrades. As of this writing, it is available only for iOs and has a 4.2/5 rating with nearly 1000 reviews. It’s free, although there are in-app purchases available.
To start with, you snap some photos of your favorite cups and bottles. Then you simply set your goals, and as you drink, all you have to do is tap on the picture of the cup or bottle you just drank and it records it. Even if you are not necessarily drinking water, the app provides other options – soda, energy drinks, coffee, tea – so that you will know what kind of water you are getting from those other sources. Reminders are one of the paid upgrades.
It shows your intake with some neat charts and graphs. Another paid feature allows Waterlogged to integrate with other health-tracking apps, allowing you to combine information for a better picture of your overall health.
Aqualert: Water Tracker
If you like bright colors, this app is for you! Aqualert: Water Tracker has a fun interface that is also very intuitive – a great choice for families to use together. Available for both iOs and Android, it also integrates with Instagram, so you can share photos with your friends right from the app.
It provides you with all the info you need to stay hydrated based on your gender, weight, and activities. It also keeps track of hydration levels day after day and provides you with an easy to understand graph so that you can check out how you are doing over a longer period of time. Aquaalert: Water Tracker will send you reminders to drink, and has a setting for sleep mode. It also lets you input custom cup sizes so that you can adjust to your favorite water bottle or hydration pack.
This app is fairly new, so it only has a handful of reviews. But there are no additional purchases required to get all the bells and whistles, and it’s a great way to start your kids off on the right track.
Get The App!
No matter what your hydration goals are, there are tons of apps out there to help you stay on target. Regardless of which one you go with, you want to choose one that reminds you to drink, has a simple interface for recording your consumption, and lets you track your intake over time. Since a lot of them are free, try out several to see which one meets your needs and helps you hit your goals.
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An avid archer, political junkie, and aspiring musician, Brady makes his home on the edge of society, just close enough to get good WiFi, but far enough to not be bothered.