Water is essential for life and is used by your body for a variety of basic bodily functions including regulation of body temperature.
Even though many of know this, it’s easy to forget to drink water.
For this article, we will briefly explore the most practical and easy tips to help you stay on top of it and reap the numerous benefits of adequate hydration.
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1. Carry a reusable water bottle
Purchasing a reusable bottle is a simple, effective way to ensure you have water conveniently by your side throughout the day. You can bring it to work, running errands, hitting the gym, and more. Just make sure you keep your water bottles filled.
Having a water bottle by your side throughout the day serves as a reminder to stay hydrated. There are a variety of water bottles available on the market that can fit a variety of preferences (size, color etc.).
Not only that, some water bottles have volume markers to help you track your fluid intake throughout the day!
2. Set a schedule
With how busy life gets, setting specific times to drink water can help you establish a nice hydration routine. For example, you could consider including water breaks into a daily schedule or better yet make sure you drink a glass of water before each meal.
It may also help you to set hourly reminders on your phone or watch. This structured approach helps make hydration a regular habit.
3. Infuse your water with flavor
Sometimes, plain water is also plain boring! Instead of grabbing sugary sports drinks or other beverages, spice it up by infusing your water with fruit and herbs. Sometimes adding slices of cucumber, mint, ginger, or berries can add some flavor without adding a ton of added calories or artificial sweeteners.
It also may help you stay away from sugary drinks. Experimenting with these different combinations can be also be quite fun.
4. Use a water tracking app
It may also be challenging to stay on top of hydration when you’re not sure how much you should drink. Try out using an app on your phone or smart watch that helps you track your water intake.
It can help you set daily goals, set reminders and monitor progress. This can be a different, but fun interactive way to stay hydrated since it may also motivate you to reach your daily fluid needs.
5. Drink sparkling or mineral water
Similar to adding infusing your water with fruit to add flavor to your water, sparkling water might be just what you need to keep water enticing!
Particularly if you’re trying to replace soda, but miss the carbonation, sparkling water can be incorporated to help you reduce your sugary beverage intake but also stay on top of daily hydration.
5. Eat water-rich foods
In addition to drinking water, you can boost your hydration by incorporating water-rich foods into your diet.
Fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, celery, and oranges have high water content, contributing to your overall fluid intake.
Snacking on these foods is not only tasty but also a smart and healthy way to stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated can be a team effort. Encourage your friends, family, or colleagues to join you in drinking more water.
Having a hydration buddy can provide motivation and make the process more enjoyable. You can even turn it into a friendly competition to see who can meet their daily water goals first.
Incorporating these tips into your daily routine can make a significant impact on your overall health and well-being.
Remember, staying hydrated is a lifestyle choice that results in increased energy, improved focus, and better overall health.
So, grab that water bottle, set your goals, and embark on a journey to a more hydrated and healthier you!