Get your drink (water) on…
One of the easiest changes we can make to kick off our health goals is to drink more water. And it’s something that most of us neglect. We know we should, but I know water can be sooooo boring. Believe me, I used to be one of those people. Growing up in the south, sweet tea was a staple in our home. When I moved out on my own, the was ALWAYS a gallon of sweet tea in my fridge. Like I made a gallon every other day. And when I say sweet, I mean 1 3/4 cups of sugar to a gallon… it’s truly a miracle I never had kidney stones. I don’t know how I dodged that bullet. And my family is from North Carolina. The home of Cheerwine (a cherry flavored soda, in case you aren’t familiar). If you know me, you know I loooooove my Cheerwine. Anytime I visited family in North Carolina, I would inevitably run by the closest Food Lion and grab 2 to 3 cases on my way out of town. Until I married Clay. And he was a water drinker. All the time this kid was drinking water. What was he? A camel? And then I got my first Tervis. And slowly… very slowly… I started upping my water intake. Now, it’s pretty much all I drink. And all we have in our home, save for our carbonated water, a few bottles of wine, and some almond milk. So if the self-professed queen of sweet tea, a title I gave myself in college, can make the switch to water, I know you can, too! (I still indulge in a cheerwine every now and then… it’s just too good.) So let’s talk about HOW we can up our water intake.
- Know HOW MUCH water you need to drink in a day. The old “industry standard was 8 glasses of 8 fluid ounces, or 64 ounces total. That has morphed over the last few years. It is now suggested that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you’ll want to consume at least 60 fluid ounces of water every single day. Obviously, if you are more active, you will want to drink more to replenish the water you lose during activity.
- Make sure to keep your water handy. Does that mean carrying around a Tervis everywhere you go? Maybe. Do you need to stash bottles of water in your desk drawer at work? If that will help you! Do you need to get a Camelback backpack with a straw? I mean, more power to you. Just keep water with you. It’s easier to drink it if you have it around.
- Get a BIG vessel and ADD A STRAW! For some reason, it’s been found that most people drink more water if there is a straw involved. Maybe we’re just a lazy people who can’t be bothered to tip the cup up to get the liquid to our mouth. Either way, it seems to work. And having a big cup just makes sense, right? The more you have on hand, the more you’ll drink.
Refill your cup AS SOON AS it’s empty. As soon as you hear that slurping sound at the end of your straw, get up and fill up that cup. If you leave it sitting there empty, you might forget and then you’re not drinking anything.
- If you need it, get yourself a reminder! You’d be shocked at how many apps there are out there to remind you to drink water every day. So I thought I’d give you a few of my favorites here:
Daily Water (iOS Only): Daily water is a great option if your just looking for a basic water tracker. It’s user friendly, but still gives you a lot of options. Simply open the app and tap a glass to record 8oz of water consumption. You can also set a schedule of alerts to remind yourself to drink!
AquaAlert (both Android and iOS): AquaAlert gives you all the features of Daily Water, with a few extra bells and whistles. The interface is a bit brighter and more colorful. You also have the option to set body weight and activity level to see your suggested amount of water intake . The bar graph option also allows you to compare each day of the week to see your progress. One fun extra is the ability to select your cup size, too!
Plant Nanny (both Android and iOS): Plant Nanny is my personal favorite… and maybe it’s just bringing back my nostalgia for tamagotchis! Who knows? But with Plant Nanny, you have all the features that AquaAlert offers, plus the extra incentive of growing a plant at the same time! The more water you drink, the bigger your plant grows. Once your plant is fully grown, plant it in the garden and start another. Additionally, you don’t have to manually set timers to alert you. Plant Nanny will alert you every 2, 4, or 6 hours. Or you can set your own interval.
So, get your best cup, grab a straw, download your favorite app and go hydrate yourself!