Tuesday I wrote about the importance and benefit of getting plenty of water to drink. Today I want to share with you my top three, super simple tips for drinking more water.
As I stated on Tuesday, the current recommendation is half an ounce of water per pound of body weight. That’s a lot of water!
For some people, that will be very difficult. If you’re sitting there thinking that there’s no way you could drink that much (75 ounces if you weigh 150, 100 ounces if you weigh 200), I’m here to tell you that it’s easier than you think. And I promise, once you start being properly hydrated, you won’t ever want to stop!
Without further ado, here’s my top three tips:
- Keep Track of How Much You Are Drinking. This might seem a little silly, but keep a tally of how many ounces or cups of water you drink. You might be getting much more, or maybe less, than you think. I use the My Fitness Pal app which has a water tracker and I love it, but any system will work. Keep tally on a post-it note, keep a ticker on your phone, just keep track of how much you’re taking in. This can help you see when you drink the most, and what days or situations tend to leave you thirsty.
- Flavor Your Water the Healthy Way. There are a lot of little water flavoring products out there in powder, gel, and liquid form. Don’t even go there. If you can’t stomach the thought of 70 ounces of water a day, add some fresh lemon or lime. You can even do fruit infused water or a little ginger. Try to avoid the brightly colored chemicals as much as possible so your body can get the best benefit from the water you’re drinking.
- Get a Really Big Cup. This is stolen from the soda industry. It’s easy to drink way more soda than you ever should when it comes in those big cups because of the mentality of “I’ve only had two cokes,” even if they were 32 ounces each. You can apply that same mind trick to drinking water. Get yourself a really big cup or refillable water bottle and drink from that through out the day. It can sometimes be hard to convince yourself to drink eight 8 ounce cups of water, but that’s only two refills of a 32 ounce cup. I have a 32 ounce cup that I refill through out the day and can easily drink 4-5 of those cups in a day without thinking about it.
There you have it. Three super simple and easy tips to get you drinking more water and keeping your bodies hydrated. Share with me below your favorite ways to stay hydrated.
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