Everyone knows that we should be drinking lots of water. And hardly anyone is actually doing it. The popular consensus is eight 8-ounce glasses which is about half a gallon, or my chiropractor said half your body weight in ounces, more when you’re working out. To be safe, I aim for 100oz a day in plain, boring H20 – teas and other drinks/soups are not counted.
A few months ago there was a woman who claimed that drinking 3 liters of water a day (a little less than a gallon) helped her look ten years younger. You can read the article here. Being a photographer, I know just how easy a little lighting can do for someone’s face, but yes, admittedly, this 420year-old woman does look much better and less, um, saggy. In any case, whether her claims are true or it is the power of good lighting, drinking more water has many more benefits than just a wrinkle reducer. So, we should all do it, but it’s easier said than done.
In order to get enough water in my system, I’ve figured out a few tricks to motivate me to drink more water every day. Here are five tricks I use to drink more water each day:
1. Set a Goal
That one guy from the history books, Benjamin Frankin said,
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
This is oh-so-true. Decide how much water you should be/want to drink each day and then write it down. I have a planner where I make three little checkboxes – one for each 32oz I drink throughout the day. (Yes, I still use a paper planner, a Passion Planner, which I love). If you’re a listmaker like me, this is a great method to motivate you visually. They also have stickers you can stick in your planner on Etsy that are much more aesthetically pleasing. I found some here.
2. Get a New Water Bottle
I don’t know if this works because it’s a novelty, but getting yourself a new water bottle is a great motivator to helping you drink more water. This is probably why I have two cupboardfuls of water bottles to choose from. My current favorite actually is extra motivating because it has a chart right on the side that tells me what times I should be drinking and how much. I actually ordered mine through this Etsy seller and had a custom message etched on it.
3. Add Some Flavor
Confession: I used to be addicted to this terrible, chemically laden artificial fruit punch powder mix. It tasted great, but was so bad for you! I had to wean myself off that, but a good alternative is to infuse your water with some fresh fruit. Yum! Not only does it make your water taste better, but it looks pretty, too! You can get fruit infuser water bottles now. I’ve been eyeing this one from Blogilates.
4. There’s An App For That
There’s an app for everything, even tracking how much water you drink. I’ve used a few (such as Waterlogged), but nothing is easier than using my FitBit app to log in the hydration. Set up a challenge with your friends to see who can drink the most water during a week – loser has to buy a round of green smoothies.
5. Use a Straw
Trust me. It works. I don’t know what it is about using a straw; maybe it makes the water go down faster, but I find myself unconsciously drinking water when I’m sucking it through a straw.
Now, go grab that glass of water and happy drinking!
~Hanssie, Communications Director, fitted.