Do you find it difficult to get your children to hydrate themselves throughout the day? Hydration is one of the most important ways that we can all take care of our bodies, yet so many of us still come up short on the recommended daily amount. With these tips you and your family will be well on your way to hydration, just in time for warmer weather!

Why is hydration so important? Educate your children about the benefits of drinking the recommended eight cups of water a day, remind them that on days that they sweat in karate class or outside playing they should drink even more than eight cups. All bodies need water to maintain energy levels, absorb nutrients, and regulate body temperature. Explain to your children that their bodies are made up of 75% water. Their blood is composed of 83% water, their bones are made up of 22% water and their muscles are 75% water. Maintaining hydration lends to all of these components of your body, and more! Your children work so hard to achieve their martial arts goals, hydration is just one more element needed for their journey.

Make hydration fun with creative water bottles! There are SO many options on the market right now! Bring your child with you to the store and let them pick out a fun water bottle that they cam keep with them throughout the day. By having a fun reusable water bottle not only is your child helping the environment by reducing their use of plastic, they are also going to have a fun reminder to set aside water breaks whether they are in the classroom, karate class or at home!

Fresh and frozen fruit is great to throw into water bottles as a substitute to sugary fruit juice. The fruit adds a hint of flavor, extra nutrients, and makes the water fun colors! Another option is to order a few ice cube molds from Amazon. There are molds that come in seasonal shapes that you can throw into water bottles for even more creativity. Don’t forget to add in a twisty straw!

Get the entire family involved by creating a chart to hang on the fridge or family room. Make a row for all members of the family and put a check next to their names for each water bottle refill or glass of water they drink during the day. This makes hydration a healthy game to play together!

Remember: Kids look to their parents as an example! Don’t buy juice and softdrinks, having them in the house sends a message that it is okay to choose sugary drinks instead of water. Making a lifestyle change isn’t always easy, but with the support of the entire family you’ll all be well on your way to a healthier and hydrated life!