Drinking water is probably one of the most underrated health hacks in the world, which is confusing because it’s one of the only health hacks that are actually free. There are hundreds of reasons why staying hydrated is a good idea from the fact that it increases your energy levels and brainpower, to the prevention of headaches or migraines, and having the ability to speed up your metabolism too. This is why as a health coach, I recommend to clients that they 2x their water intake, before almost anything else. After all, if you’re body is made up of over 60% water, surely you’re not being you if you’re not hydrating!
“So if water is so magical, why aren’t people doing it more often?” I hear you ask.
Well, the truth is, we live the majority of our day on autopilot. We’re running from meeting to meeting, multitasking at every opportunity and constantly fill our schedules with no time to really check in with ourselves and making sure we’re sticking to the healthy habits that we know are good for us. Most people don’t have much time to stop and think about whether they’ve had enough water that day, and it’s not really exciting enough to have us running to the tap every 30 minutes.
So, here are some go-to tips for staying hydrated that will make it a little easier:
Keep water around you at all times
This sounds super simple and almost obvious, but it’s the best way to ensure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day. If you keep a large bottle of water around you at all times you are more likely to drink actually drink it. Ever noticed how easy it is to mindlessly keep sipping water whilst scrolling through social media, or sat at your desk at work? Making sure you have water next to you all the time is half the battle done for you!
Invest in a reusable bottle
It’s easy to go out for the day and get home before you realise that you haven’t had even a sip of water the entire time. Investing in a large reusable water bottle is one of the best things you can do to stay hydrated, especially if you spend a lot of time on the go. This means that you can stay hydrated whilst out and about and easily refill every time you walk past a tap.
Explore natural flavours
One of the reasons people tend not to drink enough water is because it can get a little mundane, especially if you’re not used to drinking lots usually. The truth is, there is so much you can do with water to make it more appealing to drink. Fruits and herbs are a great place to start for natural flavours, adding lemons, limes, berries or even cucumber to your water not only tastes better but also increases the nutritional benefits and aids in detoxifying your body too! Herbs like peppermint, chamomile, and lemongrass also have so many benefits.
Do some research on herbs and fruits you can add into your water and you’ll soon become passionate about the added benefits.
Eat your water
Our water intake doesn’t just come from water, it can also come from the food we’re consuming too. In fact, around 20 percent of it does, and there are some fruits and veggies that are made up of over 90% water. Ensuring that your diet consists of foods high in water is a great way to get in some extra hydration, foods like; cucumber, celery, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, lettuce, spinach and many many more are all made up of mostly water. Filling up on these types of foods also has lots of other nutritional benefits too, so there are plenty more reasons for adding these types of foods into your diet too.
Make it a habit
Creating a new habit takes time, but it really is the key to success when it comes to making healthy choices daily. It can take around a month for something to become a habit that you do on autopilot, and so, make the goal of staying hydrated for 30 days a priority and you’ll almost always carry that habit on for life.
How can you do this? There are plenty of habit tracker apps that you can download and use to track how much water your drinking daily, some will even remind you throughout the day to top your glass up. There are lots of ways you can create your own habit trackers in bullet journals or sketchpads that will motivate you too, so it’s a great excuse to get creative.
I hope this helps,