Water, Wellness and You

Water, Wellness and You

Maintaining even a modicum of the usual fitness levels can be difficult during normal circumstances; during periods of social distancing, they may seem well-nigh impossible. We don’t all have a home gyms or exercise equipment in our place of residence. For many of us, both indoor and outdoor space can also be an issue.

That said, here at AquAid, we looked at exercise methods that are not only better suited to a more private indoor environment but are also easily achievable. A few examples are:

Resistance training – using workout/exercise bands.

Walking, climbing stairs, on the spot jogging – after a good warm up.

Yoga, Pilates and stretching exercises.

Seated exercise – at your desk or in your workspace.

Home weights training – you can use anything from a tin of beans to a dictionary for this.

As always, with any form of mobility, exercising or fitness training, the key to protecting your body and mind while being able to better perform during any fitness or exercise is to make sure you drink water. If you prefer more high impact exercising – e.g. cardio workouts or dancing, where you sweat more, the rule is simple – drink more water.

There is a considerable amount of videos freely available online to guide even the most sedentary of us to basic fitness health, but we particularly liked the videos available at the NHS.

Here’s wishing you a safe, enjoyable and very well hydrated work out, wherever you are, whatever size your home, home office or current workspace.

Food & Drink at the Water Cooler: The Elderflower

Food & Drink at the Water Cooler: The Elderflower

It should come as no surprise that, at AquAid, we often comment on all things hydration and health – mainly where we refer to how drinking water more leads to incredible health benefits.

With this though, we understand that we sometimes need to pause our constant exhortations relating to hydration and health. Which is what we’re doing today. Of course, we wouldn’t be whom we are if the subject didn’t involve simple drinking water related health tips, but we’re sure you don’t expect anything less from your water cooler company.

We have spoken about herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit: grapefruit and blackberries are both great healthy examples – either those that have a high water content or those that boost our immune system in some way or form.

Today we’re writing about a little gem (herb wise), native to the UK and with an incredibly impressive health benefit pedigree: the elderflower.

Whereas it may not be the season for elderflowers to blossom, with the year as it is, you’ll forgive as if we’re slightly out of step.

Elderflowers come from the elder tree that generally grows as a shrub or small tree, which you will find in abundance throughout the UK, in woods and along roadside hedgerows.

Their uses are myriad:

As an immune stimulator, hot elderflower tea can provide soothing relief for acute cold symptoms while gargling and rinsing with cooled elderflower tea can combat sore throats, toothaches, and abscesses.

A syrup made with flowers of the elder tree as well as the berries can be drunk to fight off colds, flus and winter blues.

As a salve for relief of inflammation from sprains and strains or made into a soothing eyewash which can help relieve itchy eyes, hay fever or conjunctivitis.

Remember, it’s always advisable to consult with a medical professional before starting any herbal medicine and it’s always good to speak to AquAid for all your hot, chilled & ambient drinking water requirements.

sources:  Gardeners Path

                 Woodland Trust

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

Ahh, a day that globally makes the hearts of bookworms beat a little faster.  World Literacy Day is more than that, of course.  The rather sad reality according to UNESCO is that ‘at least 750 million youth and adults still cannot read and write and 250 million children are failing to acquire basic literacy skills. This results in an exclusion of low-literate and low-skilled youth and adults from full participation in their communities and societies.’

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines literacy as “the quality or state of being literate: educated … able to read and write.”

As you are no doubt reading this online, the above illiteracy figures may seem incomprehensible, however, there is a high likelihood of there being many people in our own communities who not only cannot read this post, but are unable to read a book, a road sign, an instruction manual, a prescription bottle label or even a cereal box.

At AquAid, we recognise the importance and value of literacy, which is one of the reasons we continue to donate to charities that implement safe water resources. Although one may not initially see a connection between potable water and literacy, they are most definitely linked.

Across Africa, for both boys and girls, water collection can take time away from their education and sometimes even prevent their attending school altogether.

The charities we donate continue to build clean water resources that free up children’s time, enabling more access to education, including learning to read while attending school.

More than freeing up time, nearby access to a safe water resource means children will be better hydrated, and good hydration means the ability to better concentrate and increased cognitive function.

If you would like to know more about how installing an AquAid water cooler translates into the continued implementation of accessible clean water resources for children and communities in need, we invite you to browse the AquAid website or call us on 0800 772 3003 – we’ll be delighted to assist.

AquAid Water Coolers: channels of interest to engage a hydrated brain

AquAid Water Coolers: channels of interest to engage a hydrated brain

Irrespective of the current circumstances that affect us all, we, of course, remain a proponent of how vital it is to maintain proper hydration levels while we self-isolate. That said, now we’re all hydrated and our neurons are firing (as they will do – a hydrated brain is a happy brain) there may be some uncertainty as where to (virtually) go in order to engage our thinking centres.

That’s where we at AquAid come in. We understand that being online may not be a focus of your typical day to day responsibilities, so for your convenience and to save you time, we have conducted our own online research, searching far and wide, in order to present to you a range of online channels that may pique your interest while you learn something new.

One we liked in particular is the FB page for The National Archives – as an example, they’re inviting followers to encrypt and crack a code using Alan Turing’s probability-based method: socsi.in/oJtap

Another is the Mental Floss Twitter account. The content is pretty much in the account name, although they do cover deeper and more thought-provoking content too.

innocent drinks remains a favourite of this blogger – their posts and tweets are a hilarious mixture of humour, useless information (by their own admission) and social distance challenges guaranteed to keep your grey matter engaged.

Last and by no means least, we highly recommend following AquAid’s social and business networks online – where we constantly refresh and update our content.

Of course, there are countless social networking pages and accounts that are slightly more serious and weighty, but for now, we’ll leave those for you to discover.

Before we bow out on this particular subject, a reminder that here at AquAid, we remain available for all your water dispenser requirements and bottled water deliveries.

Web us here, call us on 0800 772 3003 or e-mail: info@aquaidwatercoolers.co.uk

Water Cooler Wisdom – Things to do (or not do)

Water Cooler Wisdom – Things to do (or not do)

Social media has played a huge part in communicating with and connecting people over the last few months.

Posts, videos, memes, all exhorting individuals as to what they could do while practising self-isolation. Everything from downing raw eggs (can you say salmonella) to playing tennis across rooftops (which we quite liked, truth be told).  We are being bombarded with so much information it can be overwhelming, so, whereas here at AquAid we’ve decided to add to the pile, we like to think you may find our to do (or not do) list easy to digest:

  1. If you’re lucky enough to have a pet, pet your pet. Often. There’s nothing quite as recuperative as communing with a furry creature who adores you. (Or scaly, or feathered if that’s the way you roll, pet wise).
  2. Drink water more. Make sure there’s always fresh water for above-mentioned pet.
  3. Remember the oxygen mask deployment rules when flying (slight paraphrase here): take care of yourself first so that you are better able to help others.
  4. A prime example of taking care of you is to remember to drink water. Properly hydrated equates to you being better equipped to perform – no matter the task.
  5. Bend your knees. Whether you’ve decided to completely re-landscape your garden; spring clean your entire dwelling; re-arrange your furniture or stoop to blow that dust bunny back under the sofa – bend your knees.
  6. You guessed it. Irrespective of your level of lockdown activity, hydrate. Then hydrate some more.

If you require a water dispenser, your Bottle-Fed water cooler topped up or bottled water delivery wherever you are, remember that here at AquAid, we continue to operate responsibly, including maintaining social distancing and our customers not having to sign for bottled water deliveries.

AquAid and the Corporate Social Responsibility Dynamic Customer Partnerships make a tangible, visible difference

AquAid and the Corporate Social Responsibility Dynamic Customer Partnerships make a tangible, visible difference

Corporate Social Responsibility demonstrates the ‘heart’ of your organisation. It involves understanding your impact on communities and the environment and taking responsibility in meeting or even exceeding the ethical, legal, commercial and public expectations that society has of your business.

AquAid as a company are committed to acting responsibly and most importantly motivating others to make a difference. Sharing the responsibility in the world in which we all operate should be an integral part of your working day. We believe that making a difference is complementary to a commercial success.

An important part of AquAid’s mission is to provide sustainable solutions to poverty and aid in emergency relief where needed. We are able to achieve this via our partnerships with both the AquAid founded Africa Trust as well as through our now 22 year partnership with Christian Aid – and so can you!

By using AquAid as your water cooler supplier you help to bring a positive change and upliftment to many of the world’s neediest families. You will be sharing in the responsibility we have taken on in bringing safe, fresh disease-free water to thousands of communities in need globally, with our focus being across Africa.

When you choose AquAid you will not only be getting a good quality product with an unrivalled service, you will playing an integral part  in bringing hope where it is needed most and aid in breaking the cycle of poverty.

AquAid’s Founder, Paul Searle, explains,“The sign of a great partnership is where business, charity and community all work together.”

By involving your employees in this partnership you will not only be inspiring them but also offering a sense of belonging in your organisation. You will be providing your staff with not only a healthy working environment but creating a sense of employee satisfaction and loyalty. Working next to each other creates responsibility and you will be actively developing a policy that promotes a positive and sustainable social contribution. Your CSR decisions will also give your organisation a competitive edge and enhance your credibility.

The simple choice of your water cooler can go a very long way in aiding your company’s Corporate Social Responsibility. By simply switching to AquAid you will be doing your part in changing lives forever.

To date, with the help of our partners, AquAid have donated in excess of £15,000,000 benefitting many thousands of families and communities throughout Africa.