Today I’m going to continue ways to get more water into your life. You may be thinking, “Another post about water?” Yes. It’s that important.
When we left off last, I said to drink water before every meal, make your own infused or flavored water and to choose a cup you love. Next we want to limit other drinks you consume.
Limit Other Drinks you Consume
This doesn’t mean drinking water 100 percent of the time and never having anything else ever again. But, it does help to reduce them. When you are thirsty, go for water instead. This eventually increases your water intake simply because you are going to water when you feel a thirst and not other beverages.
Always Track Your Water Intake
This isn’t something you will need to do every day for the rest of your life. When you are trying to consume enough water, if might be hard to determine how much water to drink and if you have even reached your goal for the day. Start by figuring out a good way to track your water. I track my water using My Fitness Pal, just like I do my food. If you are a more visual person a water tracker bottle might be something you are interested in. This one is motivational and reminds you to drink your water.
Start by tracking your water for a few days before trying to increase how much you drink. This let you know how much you are currently drinking on an average day. If it is less than 8-10 glasses of water (64-80 ounces) a day, you need to start increasing it. Once you are tracking daily, it helps you know how and when to drink a little more throughout the day.
Enjoy Fruits and Veggies with High Water Content
If you find that you simply can’t drink enough water, then eat your water instead. You should still try to drink as much as you can, but this is good for the days when you’re a little below your water intake goal. There are fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, therefore helping to hydrate you. If you are restricting carbs, please keep in mind that some of these have high carb counts.
Water Drinking Reminders
If you enjoy water, but you often forget to drink more of it, these little reminders can be helpful for you.
- Drink water before every meal, snack and other beverage
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up
- Drink water before or after your workouts
- Drinks a glass of water after every trip to the bathroom
- Drink a glass of water every time you enter your office or your home
As long as you keep these reminders in the back of your mind, and follow the other tips mentioned, you should be on your way to increasing your water intake and benefiting from it.
Talk to you soon,