Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Discover apps to stay hydrated and feel better, part of Teacher Tech Tips.
- Hi, I'm Oliver Schinkten, and welcome to Teacher Tech Tips. Today I want to show you a few apps that can help you have more energy, keep you more focused, and give you a better sense of well-being. Now, have you or any of the students in your class exhibited any of these symptoms? Tiredness, headache, inability to focus, confused thinking, and irritability? I know that I have, and I can tell you that I have seen students exhibit these symptoms quite often.
Now, before we start thinking that something's wrong with us, or blaming it on something else, let's consider what the cause might actually be. Dehydration. Are you drinking enough water? I know I'm not. In a recent article on NPR.org, they discussed a study by Harvard scientist that found that 25% of children ages six to 19 don't drink any water as part of their fluid intake. That's pretty crazy. But when I thought about it, there are a lot of days that I get caught up in things, I'm really busy, and at the end of the day I think back, and I didn't drink any water.
Obviously, this isn't good. Some other symptoms caused by dehydration include a craving for sugar, bad breath, decreased athletic performance, mood swings, and muscle cramps. And these are just some of the symptoms. Now, if you're someone who gets enough water, awesome! But if you're not, what can you do about it? Well, today I want to introduce a few apps that might be able to help keep you hydrated. Lately I've been reading a lot about dehydration, and I really came to the conclusion that I needed to do something about it, so I started finding some of these productivity apps that helped you to drink enough water during the day.
Now, most of the apps, when I was looking them up, do the same things. They help you determine how much water that you need, they track the amount of water that you are having each day, and they notify you when you need to drink more water. Now, after doing some research, I found some apps both on Android and on IOS that came highly recommended, and I want to show you a few of them. The first one is called Waterlogged, and it's one that's available on IOS devices. Another one is called Daily Water Free, water reminder and counter.
Another one is Water Minder. Now, most of these are free, this one is $1.99, which isn't very expensive, but it comes down to a preference for the look and layout, as well as the functionality. Like I said, they're all fairly similar, and do similar things. For Android, the two that I found the highest rated were Hydro drink water, which is free, and also Hydro Coach. Now, I ended up going with Hydro Coach, this is the app that I got, and I must tell you that, it's been paying dividends, because I've been drinking a lot more water since I've gotten this app.
How? Right now, I'm on my Samsung Galaxy, so I'm using an Android device, and I said that I use the Hydro Coach app, that's the one I decided to go with. Now, where do you get the app? From your app store. So if you're on IOS, you can go to the Apple Store, here I would go to the Google Play Store. Click here, I'd search for Hydro Coach, and it brings up that app. As I said before, there are a lot of these different apps, so you could go to the bottom and you'll find that they recommend some different ones you could try.
I do really like this one though, so I'm going to open up this app, and when I do you can see that it's a very simple interface. Right now, the information on here is for today, and what it's telling me is that, first of all, I am actually 16 ounces ahead of schedule. So when I first signed up for the app, I had to put in my weight, my activity level, as well some other information, and then what it did was figure out what my target should be, or how much water I should be drinking per day.
You can see here at the bottom, that it's telling me that my target is 80 ounces per day. To the left of this, it shows that I need to drink 36 ounces of water yet today. I've already drank 44, and I still have 36 left. Now way to the right, it's showing that I've already reached 125% of my balance, so I'm actually ahead of schedule. If I haven't drank enough water, it would show me a number that's below 100%. Now, the part that I really like is that it will track how much I drank per day, and it will notify me if I start to get behind.
So I'll receive notifications on my phone, and it makes a noise that really gets my attention, and reminds me that I need to drink some water. So, I'm going to scroll down here to show you how I would enter in water. Here I've entered in three times today, I drank 12 ounces of water two times, and 20 ounces of water. Now, I actually just finished drinking 12 ounces of water again, so here I'm going to click on add, and then they have a selection of different size containers based on what you drank, maybe you drank a 20 ounce bottle of water, something like that.
I just drank 12 ounces of water again, so I'll click on 12 ounces, and it will add that to my total. So I'm way ahead of schedule right now, I'm at 160% of my intake for today, and I still need 24 ounces in order to reach my goal for today. Now, if I swipe to the left, it will show me my progress from previous days. So, in other words, yesterday, I reached my goal, the day before, the day before, and truthfully, I'm pretty proud of this, because there have been a lot of days where I haven't drank any water, and now I have a streak of about 20 days going in which I've reached my target, and I have to tell you that I feel a lot better.
Mentally, and physically. Now, I highly recommend that you look into getting one of these apps. It may help you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to, and help you feel better, both mentally and physically.