Before Covid, I had a bad habit. What habit? Not drinking enough water.
You see, I drank a lot of water while working in the office. Going to refill my cup allowed me to stretch my legs to walk to the break room. I used to enjoy finishing my cup so that I can take a break from the desk, and honestly, it helped my water intake a lot.
The problem was when I was at home.
Once I got home, I would stop drinking water, and it was game over. I wasn’t the type of person who would drink soda every day, but my guilty pleasure drink was and is lemonade. I would honestly drink so much lemonade and wouldn’t take a sip of water until I had to take my medicine. It was an unhealthy habit.
When I started to work from home, I told myself that I would continue the habit of drinking more water throughout the day. I had no excuse since I was at home all the time, and I had a bunch of different cups that I could use.
Now, I drink close to a gallon of water per day.
We all know the importance of drinking water. Other than hydrating your body, it promotes weight loss, helps with physical performance, and treats headaches. You can obviously see that there are a lot of great benefits from hydrating your body, but I know first hand how challenging it can be to drink water. To help, I am sharing a few tips on how I managed to increase my water intake and appreciate water even more. Track Your Intake
A few months ago, my mom and cousin asked me to buy them new water bottles that they could take the gym, but that held a lot of water. I bought them a Venture Pal 1 Gallon Water bottle that had times on it to motivate you to drink water. After seeing theirs, I realized that I wanted one as well. Every morning I fill up my bottle and have it by my desk to encourage me to drink. I also have it by me when I workout.
Labeling My Bottle
Having labels on my water bottle has motivated me to drink. Whenever I see that I am behind, I start to chug. Why? I feel like I am on a race to the finish line, and nothing feels better than when you win a challenging race. I highly recommend getting a water bottle with time labels or even labeling your favorite bottle. You will find yourself wanting to compete against your container. And the winner will be you to hydrating your body. If you want a cute water bottle with time labels, I recommend the one I mentioned before or find a cute one on Etsy such as this one or this one.
Carry It Everywhere
I will take my water bottle everywhere with me if I leave my desk. Breakfast? Take my water bottle. Going to go workout? Take my bottle. Going to lay on the hammock? Grabbing water. It encourages me to continue on my track on the finish line. It discourages me from grabbing a soda or juice.
Track My Intake
Not only do I use the water bottle to track my water intake, but I write my water intake in my wellness and mental health journals. Keeping track of my water intake allows me to keep myself accountable and make sure that I don’t cheat the system. Put your tracker somewhere where you will see it often and remember to add how much water you drank that day.
Drink Different Types
I wasn’t a huge fan of carbonated water until recently, and I haven’t turned back. I enjoy some sparkling water with a slice of lemon or La Croix. According to various articles (such as this one, this one), carbonated water does count towards your water intake goals.
And if you aren’t a fan of carbonated water, infusing your water is just as refreshing. I have a water infuser bottle that was given to me a few years ago, and I use it when I want something with flavor. My favorite things to add to my water include cucumbers, lemons, and limes,
Treat Yo Self
Even though I have increased the amount of water I drink, it doesn’t mean I gave up lemonade forever. I still enjoy a glass or two of lemonade (tart, obviously). Drinking something unhealthy won’t destroy you, especially if you continue to drink water afterward.
And if I do decide to treat myself a little too much, I practice the 1:1 rule. For every non-water drink I have, I must drink one glass of water with it. It helps balance our body and adding more to my intake. It is an excellent rule to follow if you find yourself at a restaurant and if you decide to drink.
Since I have started to drink more water, I have seen many benefits. Some of the benefits include clearer skin, easier time managing my weight, and having more energy throughout the day. If you have any tips or suggestions on what you do to drink water, let me know!