11 Ways to Drink More Water: Creating a Good Habit
There’s no doubt that our bodies feel happier and healthier when we drink more water. Staying hydrated is important for our overall health and well-being; it aids with digestion, keeps us regular, prevents dehydration, and helps to flush toxins and waste products from our bodies. Plus, drinking more water helps us look better, aids with weight loss, and helps hydrate our skin, which in turn reduces the signs of aging.
So if we know all that positive, good stuff, why does drinking enough water each day prove to be such a chore?? Below are a few tips that can help us create the good habit of drinking more water.
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1. Start Your Day Off Right
Start your day off with a glass of water, first thing. Upon waking, our bodies are naturally a little dehydrated. Hydrating as soon as we rise not only helps us feel more refreshed, it can help fire up our metabolism for the day and flush out toxins. Instead of heading to that cup of coffee as soon as your feet hit the floor, hydrate with a big glass of water (or two) first!
2. Look Healthy, Feel Healthy
Because our skin looks younger and healthier when we drink more water, establishing a daily skincare regimen that includes hydration can be an ideal part of our schedule: Drink, cleanse, moisturize, drink some more. Keeping that glass handy beside the bathroom sink makes it easy to accomplish this, and acts as a visual reminder to drink up.
3. Make the Transition
Transitional points throughout our day are great times to remind ourselves to drink more water: upon waking, before going into our home office, when we’re getting ready for bed, etc. Or maybe a glass of water at the top of every hour could be a good way to meet our water quota. We can each study our daily schedule to decide when and how our transitional points for drinking water make the most sense for our daily routine.
4. Water in Hand
Keeping a bottle of water in hand is always a good idea, no matter what tasks we are carrying out…..doing laundry, mowing the grass, fixing dinner, watching television, surfing the net, etc. When it comes to water consumption, “out of sight, out of mind” definitely applies, so keeping it close by and visible absolutely pays off. Order a water bottle you love at Amazon!
5. Lay Off the Bubbly (and I don’t mean Champagne)
If you’re a carbonated soda lover who’s trying to drink less of it, make a new rule: don’t allow yourself to have a soda until you’ve had at least half of your daily hydration. If it’s the bubbles of carbonation you are craving, try drinking flavored seltzer water instead of soda. Plain seltzer water can be sweetened with a squeeze of sugar-free liquid drink enhancer (such as Crystal Light) to make a delightfully carbonated beverage you’ll enjoy….almost as much as a soda! (You can make your own soda water and flavored soda water with anat-home soda machine.)
6. Stock Up
To encourage my on-the-go family to drink more water, I’ve noticed that keeping 20 oz. bottles of water in our spare fridge at all times makes it very easy for them to grab water when they are running out the door. I know they look in the fridge hoping for an ice cold soda, but when all that’s available is chilled water, they still grab one for the road, so I keep making it available for them. (Oh, yea! Maybe I’m helping them create a positive life habit.)
7. Chart it!
If you’re a list person like many of us, make a chart and check mark every time you drink a glass of water each day. In a month, you may be surprised at what you learn about your water consumption patterns. And, after 30 days, maybe you will be well on your way to creating a good water hydration habit that sticks with you. (Habits don’t always have to be bad things, right?)
8. Become a GULPER.
Gulping a good glass of water several times a day not only helps us get this task accomplished in a speedy way, it also helps us feel more full. Sometimes we think we are hungry when in actuality, our bodies may just be signaling that they need hydrated. Fill up that water glass and gulp it down!
9. Add Some Flavor
Adding citrus to our glass can make water so refreshing. Freeze slices of lemons and limes or berries and use them in place of ice cubes. They chill your water AND make it look appealing. Adding fresh mint and cucumber slices are also fun ways to add flavor.
10. Take the Gallon Challenge
Challenge yourself to drink a gallon jug of water each day, then drink ALL of it before the afternoon slips into evening. If you don’t accomplish this, make a pact to drink it before you turn in for bed. Or, if you haven’t drank your gallon of water before leaving the office, commit to drinking it on the drive home. You can’t get out of your car until all the water is consumed! (This gallon daily water tracker looks cool, or just wash a milk jug and mark the hours on it yourself)
11. Buy Into the “Why”
What’s behind your reasoning for hydrating each day? Sometimes when we fully realize WHY we want to create a positive habit, it helps us conquer. Keep your list of reasons (or photos of your “reasons”) handy so you can mentally reinforce your goal of drinking more water every day.
You’ve got your ideas. You’ve got your ‘why’. Now get out there and drink more water!
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Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.