Wellness

A busy gal’s guide to drinking more water

September 21, 2016

Drinking water is one of the most important things you can do for your body. We all know we’re supposed to drink plenty of water throughout the day, but between commuting to work, rushing in and out of meetings, and heading home to cook dinner, drinking water ends up at the bottom of our priority list. Well fret no more, busy gal, here is a fool-proof guide to meeting your daily water intake:Busy gal's guide to drinking more water

Keep a full water bottle with you at all times

When you’re sitting at your desk all day it can be hard to remember to get up and grab a drink of water. If you conveniently have a bottle of water sitting on your desk, it becomes a lot easier. I used to bring a small water bottle (16 oz.) with me, but as soon as the water ran out, I couldn’t find a minute to run over and fill it back up. These days I have a 64 oz. water bottle by my side. Not only does it not run out, but it also gives me a nice way of tracking how much I’m drinking. I definitely recommend a large container. I use this 64 oz. Hydro Flask. It’s insulated so your water stays cool all day. Although there is a hefty price tag, it comes with a lifetime warranty and is so worth it.

If you are a student or someone who has to go from place to place throughout the day I would consider bringing a smaller refillable bottle. Once again, I recommend an insulated bottle like this 18 oz. Hydro Flask.

Download a reminder app

So now you have water with you so you should be drinking it all up by the end of the day. Except, if you’re anything like me you’ll drink some of it throughout the day, but will probably still have half the bottle left come closing time. This is where a reminder app comes into play. I recommend Water Drink Reminder. You tell it the time you wake up and go to bed, height, weight, etc. and it calculates how much water you should drink and how often it should remind you to do so. Since I’ve downloaded this app, I have hit my goal every single day.

Add some fresh flavors

If you’re not much of a “water person” and gulping down 64 oz. of plain water sounds like a nightmare, I’ve got a solution for you. Infuse your water with fruits and veggies and get ready for some fresh, crisp, flavorful water. You can do this in a large glass water jug to drink throughout the day or with a small infusion bottle you can carry around with you.

Choose sparkling water or mineral water over sugary drinks

When you’re grabbing a quick bite it can be easy to gravitate toward the sugary drinks, but if you choose sparkling or mineral water that counts toward your water intake, and cuts down you sugar consumption significantly!

Eat water-rich foods (pack snacks)

If you find that you are still not drinking enough water, worry not, remember that some of your water consumption should also come though the food you eat.  Pack some fresh snacks consisting of water-rich foods. Some of these include cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, and grapefruit which are all made up of at least 90% water.

Now get out there at stay hydrated!

Are you drinking enough water every day?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Divya @ Eat Teach Blog September 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I love using my huge tumbler. I drink more water when I have a straw attached

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      That definitely helps! I serve myself water in my mason jars, but once I started using a straw I started drinking more of it.

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