Rather understandably, hot drinks are extremely popular in the winter. Whilst many of us need our tea or coffee to get us up and running in the morning, the cold, January climes mean our hot drinks machines are working overtime throughout the entire working day rather than just the start. This is all well and good: we’re certainly not one to criticise the consumption of hot drinks in the slightest. However, while the hot drinks machine can’t attract enough visitors, your water cooler nearby is struggling for attention, and this isn’t good. Your health is at risk.
Hydration is rightfully a hot topic in the summer. For all the beauty of a warmer climate and the lighter mornings and evenings, it’s easy for a black cloud to appear if you don’t consume enough fluids, even if you’re not doing any strenuous activity. We covered many reasons as to why you must keep yourself hydrated in the workplace, ranging from the relief of headaches to muscle efficiency, but don’t think for one moment that you need to brush off the topic now that the winter weather is arriving. Make no mistake, keeping yourself hydrated is vital all year round…
According to the Met office, we could be in for the hottest, longest summer in years… But are you ready for it at your place of work? When the heat is on, hydration is more important than ever and the best advice from the medics is ‘drink a lot of water’.
Did you know, that when you feel thirsty, that’s your body telling you that you’ve already lost 1% of your water intake? Our brains need water to remain active and focused, and this means that dehydration in the workplace can have a detrimental effect on performance.