When you have to pack up and move, you need your movers to work as quickly as possible. Movers are professionals and they are there to get the job done in a timely manner. But when it's hot out, they have lots of stairs to climb or something else comes into play that drains their energy, your movers might start slowing down by mid-afternoon.
Part of the reason this happens is because when you sweat, your body loses electrolytes. These minerals are critical for keeping the heart pumping, getting muscles to function and balancing fluids. You should consider providing drinks and snacks as part of showing your appreciation to your movers. These electrolyte drinks and foods should replenish their lost electrolytes, allowing your movers to work as fast as possible.
Water is a surefire way to rehydrate, however, it doesn't have any electrolytes. In addition to bottled water, keep a variety of electrolyte-rich sports drinks in your refrigerator. These flavored drinks have sodium and chloride, which are important for heart functions and blood circulation. Some varieties have even more heart and muscle-powering electrolytes, including potassium.
Nuts and Seeds
Leaving out bowls of nuts and seeds probably isn't ideal -- movers' hands do get dirty after all. But you can pick up individual packets of almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, for example. Opt for ones without the shells for quick snacking. Nuts and seeds are naturally loaded with many electrolytes, especially potassium and magnesium, which are both important for preventing muscle cramping.
Fresh Whole Fruits
Fresh whole fruits are easy for movers to grab and snack on while working. Things like bananas, pears, apricots and plums are just some of the fruits you can provide. Fruits, particularly bananas, have plenty of muscle-powering potassium. They also offer small amounts of calcium, which is responsible for preventing muscle spasms. Plus as an added bonus, fresh fruits are full of water, making them a naturally hydrating snack.
Whole-Grain Crackers and Cheese
Put out a tray of whole-grain or whole-wheat crackers. It's important to get these wholesome varieties instead of white or butter crackers. Ones that are made with whole grains or whole wheat are full of healthy doses of magnesium, chloride, sodium and potassium -- processed white or butter varieties typically have lower levels of electrolytes. These minerals work together for optimal heart, blood and muscle functions. Additionally, if you pair your selection of crackers with sliced cheeses, your movers will also get a little calcium, to further help their muscles.