Staying hydrated while you’re at the gym is a must.
If your gym keeps up with the latest technologies, it probably has a hydration or refill station of some kind. The most basic water bottle filling stations may be essentially a water fountain with an extra nozzle for bottles. Some are more advanced and offer filtered, flavored water of your choice.
But what makes these stations so special? Here are 5 ways that water bottle filling stations benefit gyms and gym-goers:
1) You save money.
Using refill stations and reusable bottles saves you money! Buying bottled water is expensive, especially if you’re buying a few bottles to take to the gym, multiple times a week. Using a water bottle filling station at your gym gives you the opportunity to bring your own bottle and fill up as many times as you need! And if it’s the right station, you’re going to be getting a much better for a lot less.
2) You reduce pollution.
Let’s talk about the worst part of buying bottled water. It’s not the expense to you personally, which can be quite ridiculous. It’s the absurd damage done to the environment by the production and discard of single use plastic bottles.
In the United States alone, 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away every single day. Not annually, monthly, or weekly—daily.
These bottles often end up in landfills, incinerators, and the ocean. There’s no good answer yet to dealing with these pollutants, which means the single best thing we can do for now is to move away from single-use bottles.
Gyms that install water bottle filling stations are helping to reduce plastic pollution. And by using the station instead of buying bottled water, so are you!
3) It’s convenient.
It may not be the most incredible time waster on your itinerary, but using a refill station does mean you get to quit making pit stops on the way to and from the gym, buying and lugging around a collection of single-use bottles, etc. It’s far easier to pop your bottle into a refill station, wait a few seconds, and head on your way.
4) You set a good example.
Gyms that install water bottle filling stations show other gyms the value of providing clean, healthy water. And by using your gym’s hydration station on a regular basis, you help add more attention and appreciation for the device. This does wonders for spreading the word, and getting other gyms on board with reducing plastic bottle waste.
So, that also means multiplying the environmental impact these stations can have. It’s one thing to convince people to turn to a hydration station in the gym, when they’ve worked up a sweat and their bottle has run dry. It’s another to make them a staple in gyms everywhere, so people feel inclined to always choose reusable over disposable bottles!
5) You stay hydrated and healthy.
Visits to the gym refill station make it easier to stay properly hydrated during your workout. It also helps ensure you hydrate with something appropriate. Otherwise, you might fall into the all-to-common trap of working out until you’re parched, leaving the gym, and grabbing a sugary drink.
By making a water bottle filling station into part of your gym ritual, you can make sure you’re getting plenty to drink and make sure you’re not slurping down a huge amount of sugar at the same time.
Using a water bottle filling station isn’t just a matter of convenience—it’s a great way to help your wallet, the environment, and your fitness goals.