Staying hydrated is one of the simplest, yet greatest things we can do for our bodies. If wellness is a key priority for you, then making sure that you’re drinking enough water each day is a wonderful place to start. The recommended water intake is 8 cups or 250 ml a day for adults, and should increase the more physical activity you complete. Proper hydration will reward you with many benefits such as a youthful appearance, reduced headaches, and lubricated muscles, to name a few! Your body also relies on water to carry out digestion and keep the immune system strong. Call me crazy all you want, but water is actually my favorite beverage. It’s all I ever ask for when I attend social events (I don’t drink alcohol), dine at restaurants with friends, you name it. Very occasionally, I might treat myself to a raspberry lemonade… but 98% of the time it’s plain ol’ water. I just love how water makes me feel – cleansed, refreshed, and… well, healthy. Haha!
Do you want to make water intake a habit but struggle with the urge to indulge in other unhealthy beverages? The following tips will make drinking water more enjoyable.
Use a Glass Water Bottle
Getting a glass water bottle was probably one of the best purchases I ever made last year. Specifically, my local Target sells these 28 oz Zulu glass water bottles (check stores; the online version is only 26 oz!) that have a lock function to keep my water secure wherever I go. It’s a tad heavy to bring with me to the gym when full, but I got used to it and now this bottle travels with me everywhere – even to the grocery store! I mentioned that a glass water bottle is a must if you want to be fit and healthy before, and it’s worth bringing up again. Ever since getting mine, I never drink water out of cups or plastic bottles unless I’m at a restaurant. I try to mostly drink out of my water bottle so that I can easily track how much water I’ve had for the day. I aim to refill my bottle three times a day (morning, afternoon, early evening) to ensure my body gets enough water. Another big reason why I’m an advocate of glass water bottles is because water tastes SO much better. You don’t get that weird metal or plastic taste in your mouth; water tastes fresh every time. I can drink it room temperature and not feel gross about it! Sometimes when water tastes funky out of a metal bottle, we get discouraged from drinking it at all. Don’t let that happen to you!
Invest in a Reverse Osmosis System
Another worthwhile move David & I made last year was installing a reverse osmosis system at home. It has saved us soooo much money from buying water bottles, is nice to the environment, and makes water taste pure. Think, unlimited Fiji Water! But seriously though – with a reverse osmosis system, you don’t have to worry about drinking contaminants, any chemicals, or debris that may be present in regular tap water. Maintenance is a breeze. Just remember to check on and replace the filter once every six months or so for best results.
Do you find it boring to drink plain water? Get creative and add some flavor to your pitcher! Personally, I love berries and citrus fruits in mine. You can even mix your choice of fruit with herbs and vegetables for an extra kick. Cucumbers and mint are some of my favorites! Feel free to experiment with different combinations and then stick with one that you enjoy most. The longer you steep the add-ins, the tastier your water will be. Make sure to change out the contents each day to keep it fresh. If you find yourself craving sodas often, try making the switch to sparkling water infused with fruit. You’ll get that carbonation and flavor, minus all that added sugar!
Eat Your Water
In addition to drinking water conventionally, there are plenty of water-based foods that you can take delight in for variety’s sake. Not only are they super refreshing, they often come with other beneficial vitamins too. Cucumbers, zucchinis, watermelon, and grapefruit are some foods that are comprised of over 90% water. Whatever you choose to eat or drink, try to be mindful. Yes, drinking coffee and lemonade will give you some water intake, but isn’t totally good for you especially if not practiced in moderation.
Throw In Some Ice
For many, adding ice into water makes a world’s of a difference in taste. Ice instantly makes water much more invigorating. I find this to be the case especially during the summer because it gets sooooo hot here! Iced water with a slice of lemon quenches my thirst a lot more efficiently and fights any fatigue I may experience on a busy day.
Work It Out
Working out regularly encourages your body to sweat and release toxins. This means you’ll be thirsty more often and prompted to drink more fluids throughout the day to replenish water levels. After an early morning BBG session, I’ve already finished 28 ounces of water easily. I make it a point to get up early in the mornings so that I can get moving before starting my work day. This way, everyday is off to a strong start with a productive workout and a good chunk of my daily fluid intake, done and done 😉
Set a Schedule That’s Easy For You to Follow
In Cameron Diaz’s “The Body Book,” she suggests drinking a bottle of water right when you wake up. She shares that she keeps her bottle in the bathroom so that when she goes in to complete her morning routine, it’s already there, reminding her to drink water. Starting the day with a bottle of water is a smart idea because sleeping for 6-8 hours means you don’t hydrate at night, and it’s essential that you replenish the fluids in the morning. Also, when days get hectic, it’s easy to forget about drinking water. Set a regular schedule that works for you, and you’ll function a lot better throughout the day. Say goodbye to fatigue, headaches, and cramps!
How do you make sure to drink enough water everyday?