I sometimes overwhelm myself trying to be healthy – getting enough of the right workouts in, eating more fruits and veggies, and not eating too many french fries (the hardest one for sure). I try to stay in tune with my body and respond to its needs and wants. I recently stopped going to my spin classes because they weren’t fun for me anymore. I may go back, but in the meantime, I’m doing more weightlifting and enjoying the slower pace. Of all the things I do to stay healthy, however, I’ve discovered how important getting enough sleep and drinking enough water really are for me physically, mentally, and probably emotionally…
My guy unintentionally showed me how to drink more water when we started dating and I’ve never looked back. A few months ago, I realized my body was never feeling at ease. It was usually a general full feeling that wasn’t painful but annoying. After hearing a friendly reminder about the crazy amount of water we should be drinking, I decided to up my intake as much as possible and I feel so much better. Once I get my coffee in hand, I slow way down on my water intake, so now I drink as much water as I can when I wake up and during/after my workout. starting out my day super hydrated has been the easiest way for me to ensure I get enough water (at least 100 oz each day)!
I know drinking water can be really hard for some people, so here are a few tips for how to drink more water along with the friendly reminder to drink up!
1. Drink as much water as you can in the morning, before and after coffee/tea. We tend to get distracted later in the day and we don’t want to be up all night, so get most of it done in the early part of the day.
2. Always have water nearby. I have a water bottle I always have with me in the car and at the gym. At my desk, I have a large cup to refill throughout the day. If it’s within reach and within sight, you’ll naturally grab for it!
3. Mix up your water. An easy change is to add ice to make it cold or heat it up to sip it warm. You can also use a straw to make it more like other beverages. Beyond that, you can add herbs and sliced fruit to add extra flavor. Some options include mint leaves, sliced cucumber, berries, and citrus. Avoid adding sugars and flavoring as they take away from your hydration.
4. Set goals throughout the day. I always finish my 16 oz water cup in the morning, drink my 1liter water bottle before I get home from the gym, and try to refill my 16 oz cup at least 3 times before dinner. If you know where you should be throughout the day, you can easily keep track of your intake. Also, try to always finish your water before eating or heading out as another method to get more in.
5. Have fun, reusable water bottles and glasses. This sounds silly, but if your water bottle becomes part of your style, you’re more likely to remember it and use it. There are so many great bottles out there that come in sizes from 9 oz to 32 oz. Below are ten of my favorites. And remember to buy a bottle cleaner brush to keep it clean and to keep you using it!
SunnyLife Hot Coral Bottle (20oz)