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Do you want to make changes to your health, but don’t know where to start? If so, watching your water intake can be the perfect place to start. It’s a simple, small change, but has so many benefits. Just to name a few: Water gives you energy, your skin looks better, your kidneys work better, it helps keep away headaches, and so much more. Your body just works so much better when well hydrated!
If you need to be reminded of the benefits of drinking water, check out the following links:
- 34 Proven Ways Water Makes You Awesome
- 6 Reasons to Drink Water
- 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water
Why can staying hydrated be so hard? If you have trouble drinking enough water, I have a few tips to share with you. Here are…
8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day:
Set a Goal
Decide how much water you want to drink each day. Read this article if you are having trouble figuring out how much water you should drink. Your weight, exercise intensity and frequency, environment (you’ll need more in the hot summer!), and other situations will come into play. Don’t get stuck on the actual amount. If you don’t want to think too hard on this step, you can start with the common eight 8-ounce glasses of water because it’s simple to remember.
I find it easiest to set just one goal for the day and then break it out by my desired number of ounces. If your goal is 64 ounces and you have a 16-ounce water bottle, think of your goal as 4 water bottles for simplicity’s sake.
If you need to take the goal further, set a goal to drink a certain amount at set times during the day. For example: drink 8 ounces as soon as you wake up or drink 8 ounces of water before each meal (this can also curb calorie intake if that interests you).
Track Your Progress
Track your progress on paper. Here is a printable tracker for you to use:
Track your progress on an app. Here are a few apps to try: Daily Water Free, Water Drink Reminder, iDrated, or Waterlogged.
Get a water bottle that helps you track your progress. This water bottle even has an alarm to remind you to drink!
Get stickers to add to your current planner or notebook.
Find a water bottle you’ll actually use
Have you ever purchased new workout clothes to help motivate yourself to workout? This is the same thing. If you are excited about your new water bottle, you might be more likely to carry it around with you all day.
I currently use Ello BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle with Flip Lid.
I used to have the Thermos Intak Hydration Bottle with Meter. This water bottle has a rotating meter on the lid that helps you monitor your daily water consumption.
If you enjoy infused water, you could try out Asobu Flavor It Glass Water Bottle With Fruit Infuser.
Keep water with you at all times
Now that you have a water bottle you like, keep it with you all day. If you don’t have water easily accessible, it’s easy to forget to drink up. It’s much easier to fill up when your water is nearby. Keep water at your desk at work or keep a glass of water by your bed.
Add flavor and find a water you enjoy
If you do not enjoy the taste of plain water, try making infused water. It’s quick, simple, and can be inexpensive. I don’t mind the taste of water, so I used to think it was a waste to spend ANY time or money to make infused water. It was easier and cheaper to just drink from the tap! But…this summer I tried cucumber water and I am sold. It is so refreshing!
Check out this post for ideas or follow these simple steps to make cucumber water:
- Scrub the cucumber (or peel it) if you do not use organic. You will want it super clean if it’s floating around in your water.
- Slice up the cucumber and place it in a pitcher.
- Pour water over the cucumber and put in the fridge for a few hours.
- Drink up!
Eat your water
If you have trouble drinking enough water, consider focusing on water-rich foods. Watermelon and cucumbers both have a high water content. Here are 15 foods to help you stay hydrated.
Get your children involved
Find a water bottle your child enjoys using. If they have a water bottle to carry around, you may be less likely to forget yours. My girls love their Klean Kid Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle.
Dilute your sugary drinks with water or ice.
This may take some getting used to. If you drink juice, lemonade, or other sugary drinks on a daily basis, consider diluting your drinks to cut down on your sugar intake. You will still enjoy the sweetness of the drink and it will be healthier than drinking so much sugar and calories. Once it’s diluted, you can drink more! If I give my girls juice or lemonade, I always water it down a bit. They don’t even notice and still think it’s a treat!
Don’t forget to print off your printable to track your progress.
I hope you find these tips helpful! What tips and tricks do you use to stay hydrated?
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Drinking more water was my Mini Goal for July. I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.
If you want to focus on Health & Wellness and want to record your goals and track your progress, check out my Health and Wellness Printable Planner.
Use the Health and Wellness Planner to:
- Plan and track your fitness, nutrition, and wellness goals and habits
- Create action steps necessary to fulfill your goals
- Bring your new healthy habits into your daily schedule
- Plan and track your workouts
- Plan and track your meals
- Track your vitamins, supplements, and other medications
- List your favorite resources to aid and motivate you on your health journey
Hold yourself accountable with your health goals with this printable planner. The Health and Wellness Printable Planner includes 9 pages. Use them all or pick and choose based on the plan that works best for you. The entire planner is undated so you can start using the planner at any time throughout the year.
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