Throughout your day, you should be drinking more water than anything else. Staying hydrated will positively affect so many aspects of your life and how you feel, think, and even act. If you’re still working on improving your water-drinking habits, here are some tips that might help:
•Daily milestones - Try and set different daily events as a way to gauge whether you’ll meet your water-drinking goal or not. Maybe you want to have your first bottle of water gone before you get to work in the morning. Lunchtime may mean you have to finish your third glass before heading out.
•Water before eating - Before you eat a meal or while you’re preparing it, try and drink 12 ounces of water. This will help make sure you’re staying hydrated and also work as an appetite suppressant to help avoid overeating.
•Just the right temperature - Find the temperature that works for you and that you enjoy the most. If ice water makes you cold or hurts your teeth, try increasing the temperature a bit so you’re more likely to keep drinking.
•Use an app - For some people, getting good habits started are easier and more fun if they have a tracking app. There are plenty of apps you can get for your smartphone that are solely designed to help you track water consumption. A couple of free apps are “Daily Water” and “Waterlogged”.
•Sparkling over soda - If you’re trying to cut out soda completely (good for you!) but still find yourself wanting the crisp burn of carbonation from time to time, reach for sparkling water or mineral water instead of going back to soda. You’ll learn to appreciate the subtle flavors of drinks like La Croix or Topo Chico over time and eventually won’t even want soda.
•One-to-One for alcohol - A simple rule to follow when imbibing is to drink a glass of water for each alcoholic drink you have. It’ll ensure you’re hydrated, help set your pace, and even fight off the effects of a hangover the next day.
•Refill immediately - As soon as your cup/bottle is empty, fill it back up right away. You want to make sure you always have water available.