How are those 2020 fitness goals coming along? If you answered anything more optimistic than “shaky, at best,” I’m calling your bluff. For me, losing my daily routine has meant forgetting how to do basically anything conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition represent the law of my former land, and my new at-home lifestyle is the Wild, Wild West.
It’s safe to say my exercise routine and diet have taken a serious hit. Most shockingly though, I’ve realized I literally do not know how to drink water when I’m at home.
At the start of this whole stay-at-home situation, I would go hours each morning without drinking a single sip of water. I’d force myself to drink a cup or two throughout the day, but couldn’t quite stay on top of it. That’s when I did a little research and found the HidrateSpark 3. This super-high-tech water bottle tracks water intake and offers reminders to hydrate throughout the day.
I am pleased to report my HidrateSpark has taught me how to hydrate again. I immediately opened the box and filled the bottle with water. I was ready to begin my journey to become a fully-hydrated water goddess. However, I realized I should probably read the instructions first.
The instructions told me to wash out the bottle and put the battery in place before filling it up. I emptied out what I had put in and started fresh with these steps. Upon putting the battery in, the bottle glowed to let me know it was powered on. Lastly, I used the Hidrate app to connect the device to my phone and calibrate the intake sensor.
Refilled and ready to go, I took my first recorded drink from the bottle while syncing the device to my Garmin watch. My hydration goal on my watch varies based on my level of activity, so it’s great to have these two devices communicating. For context, my goal started out at 64 ounces of water-based on my weight, height, and gender. That number jumped to 77 ounces after it pulled my activity data from my watch. (If you are looking to figure out your goal, check out this water intake calculator!)
The bottle retails for $59.95, which is comparable to the price of a 64 oz Hydro Flask.
Honestly, I’m not usually one to purchase expensive water bottles because I lose everything. Fortunately, the HidrateSpark 3 solves that problem. The app has a “Find My Bottle” feature allowing you to view the last place you synced your phone with your bottle. This gives me some serious reassurance because I take this water bottle everywhere.
The tracking feature is comforting, but my favorite feature is the glowing reminder to drink more water. Like I mentioned, remembering to drink water at home is not my strong suit. When I get into a forgetful habit with this bottle, it glows until I remember to drink water. My boyfriend even joins in on all this excitement by notifying me when my bottle glows while he’s around.
It’s funny that something as simple as drinking a sufficient amount of water warrants constant reminders. I’ve been genuinely surprised to see how frequently I need to take a drink to reach optimal hydration levels. If the frequent glowing bugs you, you can adjust the frequency with which your bottle glows in the app. However, I’ve left mine at the highest level. The cool glowing feature is a big part of this bottle’s appeal for me.
Some other small, but notable, things I like about this bottle are its size, carrying convenience, and look. The bottle is big enough to fit 20oz of water, but it’s still slim enough to fit in my car’s cup holder (a huge plus). I also like that the box included a little finger loop, which I attached to the bottle to make it easier to tote around. Additionally, I’m a big fan of the pretty color options. I chose the coral bottle with a red backlight, but honestly, it was a tough decision.
Thanks to its constant reminders and hands-off tracking, the HidrateSpark 3 has taught me how to drink water while homebound. Figuring out how to get a decent workout at home is my next battle, but at least I’ll go into it hydrated.