We know you know that staying hydrated is important. But just to remind you: Drinking enough water daily helps regulate body temperature, keeps your joints feeling healthy, and aids in proper organ function. According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 11.5 cups of water daily for women may keep you well hydrated unless you live in warm climates or are particularly active—then you may need to consume more.
As one of those athletic women, staying hydrated is even more important. Keeping up with your H2O levels is easier when you have a water bottle that complements your workout—which can help you to work out harder and longer. Depending on your exercise of choice, here are some of the best and most functional water bottles for every activity.
HIIT Group Fitness Classes
High energy is a must for these circuit-type sweat sessions, where you alternate between short bursts of all-out anaerobic efforts and quick recovery periods. Studies have found that HIIT programming can burn more calories than other workouts.
What to Look For in a Water Bottle: When you’re going hard and sweating even harder, you need a water bottle that can keep up. Go with an option like the Stanley IceFlow Flip Straw Jug (40 oz) that not only holds a large amount of fluid, but also one that can be easily sipped from during your swift rest periods.
Twisting, bending, and holding different poses during your practice can improve your balance and flexibility, while relieving and managing stress. Just because you may not be moving quickly, doesn’t mean you won’t get in a great workout.
What to Look For in a Water Bottle: The average hot yoga session is 90 minutes, which means you’ll need a bottle that not only has features like double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your drink cooler longer, but also a design to drink however you want whether via straw or sip, such as the Stanley Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler (30 oz).
Indoor and Outdoor Cycling
Whether you’re pedaling to the beat in your living room or you’re clipping into your bike to hit the road for a long ride, chances are good you’ll be working up a sweat in no time. No matter the length of your ride—45 minutes or two hours—you’re going to need to replenish your fluids regularly.
What to Look For in a Water Bottle: You’ll need a vessel that fits in the cup holder on your indoor or outdoor bike. The AeroLight™ Transit Bottle (16 oz) has a locking, leak-proof, flip top to make sipping while pedaling a breeze.
If you’re putting in the distance on the road, track, or doing an interval run for speed indoors, you’ll need to sip on something sooner rather than later to help keep your body moving and cramp-free.
What to Look For in a Water Bottle: If you’re running on a treadmill, a bottle that fits into a holder—either handheld or on a treadmill—is ideal. Designed with an easy open lid, the Stanley Quick Flip GO Bottle (24 oz) and other bottles like it allows you to take a drink while recovering or jogging slowly.
The fastest growing sport in the U.S. is a quick moving combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong wrapped into one game: pickleball. If you’re planning to grab a paddle (or a bat, as it’s commonly referred to) and hit the court with friends this summer, it’s important to stay hydrated whether it’s an 11-, 15-, or 21- point game.
What to Look For in a Water Bottle: Since you may not know whether you’re playing a quick game or spending the entire day on the court, you’ll want a bottle that can keep cool whatever your hydration of choice is for as long as you’re out there, like the Stanley IceFlow Flip Straw Tumbler (30 oz). An easy-to-use sipping straw works well, too, since you’ll have time to actually stop and take a drink.
No matter your activity, staying hydrated will help you perform better and that is always easier when you have fluids on hand.
Stanley Hydration: Shop This Article
IceFlow Flip Straw Jug | 40 OZ
Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler | 30 OZ
AeroLight™ Transit Bottle | 16 OZ
Quick Flip GO Bottle | 24 OZ
The IceFlow Flip Straw Tumbler | 30 OZ
Amy Schlinger is a health and fitness writer and editor based in New York City whose work has appeared in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, The New York Post, Self, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and more; The National Academy for Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) is extremely passionate about healthy living and can often be found strength training at the gym when she isn’t interviewing trainers, doctors, medical professionals, nutritionists, or pro athletes for stories.
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