I drink a lot of water (Most people know this about me, but if you don’t you do now). I drink so much water that I went to see my family doctor to make sure everything was OK. I had to take a few blood tests, but everything came back normal! So, here I am still drinking a ton of water.
I may drink too much water, but keeping yourself properly hydrated throughout the day is important. I’m not saying you have to drink as much as I do, but you should be drinking close to two liters of water a day. Keep in mind our bodies are 60% water, so we need to drink it in order to survive. I know it’s easier said than done! I have a few friends who struggle to remember to stay hydrated throughout the day. If you’re in the same boat as them, here are 6 ways you can trick yourself into drinking more water.
Drink it when you first wake up
Try and get into the habit of drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. Your body is usually dehydrated when you first wake up because you just finished sleeping for 5-8 hours. So, while you’re brewing your morning cup of coffee or tea sip on a glass of water!
Sip it before every meal
I truly mean every single meal! If you’re out for breakfast, ask for a glass of water when the server asks for your drink order. If you’re making a snack sip on some water. If you’re heating your lunch up at work take a sip of water. If you’re making dinner keep a glass of water beside you and drink it while you cook. Try doing this for a week, and it’ll become natural for you!
Always carry a (full) water bottle with you
Buy a water bottle you like and keep it with you at all times. Bring it to work, keep it beside you when you’re watching TV, bring it to your friends, heck, even bring it in the shower with you. Keep the water bottle full, and bring it everywhere you go! This will make you remember to keep on sipping.
Turn your water bottle into a clock
Buy a jug of water at the grocery store and mark lines on the bottle that correspond with different times! So, let’s say you draw four lines (spread apart) on the bottle. The line at the top of the bottle would be 9:00 am, the next would be 12:00 pm, the next would be 4:00 pm, and the last one would be 7:00 pm. Basically when the clock hits each of these times make sure the water level lines up to it!
Jazz up your water
Some people think water is too boring to drink. Fix this by adding citrus fruit, cucumber or mint to it! My favourite is adding lemon, cucumber, and mint to my glass of water! The combination tastes great. Whatever you end up adding to your water make sure you let it infuse for a bit, so you get the real flavor.
Set a timer
If you are really struggling to remember to drink water, start setting timers on your phone. When the timer goes off drink some water. Keep doing this and it will eventually train your brain. Soon you won’t need to rely on anything!
Try incorporating these tricks into your daily routine! If you stick with them, soon enough you’ll be drinking 2 liters of water a day. Keep in mind, once you start drinking more water you will feel great all around. Your body will love you for it, so will your skin. So what are you waiting for? Sip, sip, hooray!