Three Easy Ways to Increase your Hydration
Hint: It doesn’t include adding fruit or other flavors to your water!
When I started exploring ways to increase my hydration, a lot of the suggestions I came across included either adding fruit or other flavors to help create variety. While this makes sense, variety wasn’t my issue and I personally do not like adding fruit or other things to my water. I can’t be the only one out there who feels this way!
So, here are some easy things I do that have helped me to get in more water daily:
- Before I do anything else when I wake up, it’s mandatory that I drink water. It’s kind of like making your bed, it helps you feel more accomplished by doing it first thing in the day. I started out slowly and over time I am now able to down 32 ounces without a problem. But, when I started this, I can remember thinking how hard it was to finish 20 ounces. However, over time and with some patience, you can get to your water goal too.
- Prior to starting my workout, I fill up my 32 ounces and get to working out. If I don’t finish the bottle by the time I am done working out, then I make myself finish it during my cool down or before I move onto the next item on my agenda. It’s another easy way to stay hydrated. Again, I did not start with 32 ounces, I worked my way up over time.
- I typically drink two cups of coffee a day. There are those days I feel like I want a third. On those days, I will drink 32 ounces before I have that third cup. Guess what — sometimes I no longer want it. Other times, I am as desperate as can be and will hastily chug my water so I can have that third cup.
Bonus Tip: Switch up your type of water during your preferred meal time. For example, I don’t know why but I love something carbonated with my lunch. In my unhealthier days, this was probably a diet pop (aka soda if you are from somewhere other than Ohio!). I have found incorporating carbonated water, it definitely helps and it’s a little bonus water on top!
I hope you find these tips helpful and let me know which one you try or find that is benefitted you most!
All it takes is a pinch of hustle to stay hydrated!