When deciding to adopt healthier habits, one of the most common things to hit the list is the intention to drink more water. As good as that intention may be, implementing the practice, particularly if you are not used to drinking a lot of water or do not like drinking water, can be a bit more challenging.
Below are a five points you may find helpful if you’re struggling to increase your water intake.
Understand why it is important and realize that drinking more water is an essential component of living a healthy lifestyle.
While there are several things you can do to drink more water, I think the most important thing is to acknowledge that it is very important. Sometimes having an honest conversation with yourself is enough to help you make a change.
A few facts:
- The human body is 70% water and blood is 90% water.
- Drinking water helps maintain your body temperature and it helps your organs function efficiently.
- Water is critical for proper kidney function.
- Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration, and when you are dehydrated, your muscles fatigue, which in turn means that you won’t function as effectively or energetically.
- Water helps lubricate the joints.
- Water facilitates the digestive process.
- Water helps keep your skin looking good.
The list goes on, but the bottom line is:
Do you want to be healthy? Yes.
Is drinking water part of following a healthy lifestyle? Yes.
The facts are facts. Implementation is another thing. Here are a few strategies:
Measure it Out
Figure out how much water you need to drink each day and then measure that out. The specific amount needed per day varies depending on the person and the type of daily activities they do. There are several online water calculators that can help give you an idea of how much you should consume each day.
Once you know how much you need to drink, set a schedule or mini goals throughout the day. Nowadays you can purchase water bottles that have trackers marked on them to help you stay on point. You can easily make a bottle yourself and mark your own goals. Putting reminders on your phone that are set to go off throughout the day alerting you to your water goals is another way to make sure you drink the necessary amount. You can even use an app to track how much you’re drinking.
Drink Before All Else
My favorite strategy of getting in more water – I drink water before I eat or drink anything else. It doesn’t have to be a lot of water, usually 1 glass. Whether it is a beverage, snack, or meal, I always make sure to drink some water before consuming anything else. This helps me make sure that I do not fill up on other things before getting in my water.
Flavor Your Water
If the taste of water is unappealing to you, you can add some fresh fruit to your water to boost its flavor. If you choose to buy flavored water, be sure to read the list of ingredients to ensure it is not another sugary drink just disguised as water. Here’s a link that has several suggestions on natural ways to flavor your water.
Always Have Water on Hand
If it’s not in front of you and it’s not a built-in habit chances are that if water is not in front of you, you will not remember to drink it. So, make it a habit to keep water on hand. Keep a bottle of water by your bed, one on your desk, one on the living room coffee table … you get the idea. The easier it is to access your water, the more likely it is that you will drink it.