One of my new years resolutions was to drink more water . . . and I’ve been failing miserably! No doubt, I’ve definitely made progress from last year, but I’m nowhere near my goal of drinking 64oz a day.
I’d like to look for ways to incorporate water into my life easily without too much hassle! It turns out that I’m not the only one: Meghan and Jess commented to say that they were thinking the same thing (check out their blogs, they rock!).
After reading other blogs (like Life Water Fit, she’s also awesome), doing a bit of thinking, and seeing what works (and doesn’t work) for me, these are the some ideas I came up with to drink more water:
4 Ways to Stay Hydrated:
1. Plan ahead to refill. I’ve had multiple times where I wanted to bring water with me but thought, “Darn, I don’t have time to fill up!” Planning ahead allows you to really think about when you’ll need to refill your water bottle. This could include thinking about when you’ll wake up the next day, how many times you anticipate leaving the house, when you’ll exercise, etc. Give yourself time to refill.
2. Thirst is a bad sign! If you’re only drinking water when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated (at least, that’s what I learned in my EMT class). So, if you’re feeling thirsty, you should definitely reach for that water bottle. Which leads me to my next point . . .
3. Find a water bottle that works for you. For me, I like knowing how much water I’ve had that day and being able to know how much I have left. That’s why I chose a bottle that’s sort of ridiculous looking! It’s massive, but it cuts down on how many times I need to refill, and it tells me how many ounces are in the container.
4. Keep your water bottle near you. I get lazy sometimes. Which means that if my water bottle is downstairs and I’m upstairs, there is NO WAY I’m moving myself off the couch to get it! That being said, keep it with you. All. The. Time. When you get in the car, when you exercise, when you go to bed. It should be your constant companion!
Good luck with your water goals everyone! Also, I appreciate those of you that have left comments this past week and hope to hear from more of you soon.