We all know the importance of drinking water. It keeps us hydrated, clears up our skin, increases energy levels, improves our mood, promotes weight loss, and so on. Water, literally, is the best thing we can put in our bodies.
Despite knowing these facts, most of us still don’t take in enough H20 throughout the day. We get so caught up with our busy schedules or we spend too much time in the bathroom. And sometimes, we just totally FORGET.
But hey, staying hydrated shouldn’t be hard! Here are some easy and effective ways to squeeze in extra water into your day.
1) Make it a Part of Your Daily Routine
If you can commit to a 7-step skincare routine, you can also commit to a water intake habit. Have a glass of water, or two, immediately after waking up. Now you’ve already have a head start on your tasks for the day.
If you’re not a morning person, it may be easy for you to forget to drink a glass of water right away. Leaving a note in a place you’ll look first thing in the morning, like your bedside table, may be a good idea. We know that it may feel difficult at first, especially if you’re not used to drinking early in the morning, but you’ll eventually get the hang of it.
Take a large sip before starting each meal, then take small ones in between bites. Finish your meal with a glass of water. Not only will this help you feel full faster, it will also help in your overall fluid intake.
Drink after every bathroom break. Don’t forget to drink up before going to bed. Basically, drink water every chance you get. The small things will eventually build the habit into your daily life.
2) Mark Your Water Bottle with Time-Oriented Goals
Trying to stick to a routine may be a drag at times, so implementing a fun visual way to see your effort add up can really help. Using a tape or label, mark your bottle with how much water you need to drink by a certain time everyday.
Try these tips:
- Mark your water bottle at one hour intervals
- Every hour, you should drink about a glass of water (200 ml)
- Your water level should be at the time marked on the bottle
- By noontime, you should be able to drink 1 litre of water. Don’t forget to refill your bottle after.
- If you follow the markings, you should consume the recommended 8 glasses of water by dinnertime
- Seeing your progress will help you encourage yourself and reach your personal water goal each day.
3) Use an App
Isn’t it easier and more exciting to get into an activity when it involves using an app? Keep track of your water intake with apps that will send daily reminders and alarms to your phone so you won’t forget to take a sip. Below are some drinking water apps that will help make it easier to remember to stay hydrated:
Daily Water is designed to help individuals set drinking water goals and track the volume of water they are drinking on a daily basis. The app allows you to schedule reminders and offers a basic analysis of the amount you have consumed over the course of a day, week, or month.
My Water calculates how much water you should drink daily based on the personal information you enter. This app lets you record the amount of water you’ve consumed. If you forget to track your water, the app will send you a reminder after a time interval of your choosing to make sure you’re staying hydrated.
Plant Nanny lets you design an adorable cartoon plant to your liking, while you enter your weight and activity level. Then the app will tell you how much water you should drink per day. The plant will grow if you drink and track the amount of water you need daily. If not, the plant will start to wilt. The app sends you reminders when you haven’t watered your plant, reminding you to both drink more water and to record your intake.
4 Add Flavor to Your Water
Make plain water more fun and interesting to drink by adding some flavor to it (without you worrying about the sugar!). Steep fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) in your water for an exciting drink.
You can also play around with different flavor combinations while you’re at it. Here are some of our favorite recipes that you can try:
Cucumber and lemongrass
Both of these ingredients are cooling and refreshing. Slice the cucumber and throw them into a container with the lemongrass. Cucumber and lemongrass-flavored water is a good way to stay hydrated and healthy.
This is one of the most classic ways to infuse natural flavors in water. Lemon and mint have tons of health benefits, and they taste great together too. This recipe is sure to instantly hydrate and rejuvenate your senses.
Lime and orange
Take orange slices and squeeze lime juice according to taste. Extract the juice and add water to it. Lime and orange are both citrus-based fruits that are rich in vitamin C.
5) Eat Your Water
Aside from being a healthy snack option, raw fruits and vegetables are a great source of water. Here are some with the highest water content: cucumber, lettuce, celery, radish, tomato, bell pepper, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, apricots, cherries, grapes, and zucchini.
When you consume water through fruits and vegetables, you also get antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and fiber. Pick your favorites and drink… I mean, munch on!
Are you excited to try these tips? Let us know in the comments!