We know that being able to stay hydrated is one of the most important things for both your body and your mind. Since, running the half marathon yesterday, I can’t seem to drink enough! This post has been sitting in the “drafts” folder since June so now seemed like a fitting time to get it finished off and published!
There’s a few signs that you’re not drinking enough water that are less obvious than simply being thirsty. These include being tired, lacking concentration, feeling hungry (yep, sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re actually thirsty) and dry skin. The trick however, is to always be hydrated and never get to a point where your body has to tell you it needs more water.
Here are my four top tips for drinking more and how to stay hydrated.
1. Buy a water bottle
Having a water bottle helps me drink much more water and stay hydrated. I have one water bottle for the office and another at home. The main reason it helps so much is because I’m lazy! If I only have a glass of water on my desk, I either don’t drink it because I’m “saving it for later” or I do drink it and then don’t refill it! When I’m at home, I just genuinely forget to drink but if I have a bottle full of water near to me it’s a nice reminder.
Having a water bottle helps with all these “problems” that keep me from drinking enough. It also means that I can easily keep track of how much water I’ve got through in a day (see below).
2. Track your intake
I love having goals and challenges so tracking how much water I’ve had in a day is a great motivator for me. Personally, I use the Fitbit App for tracking but I know that Apps like MyFitnessPal also have a water tracking element to them.
I usually get to early afternoon and realise that I haven’t had anywhere near enough water. Then I spend the afternoon and evening trying to make up for it. For that reason (and the fact that they look pretty), I really, really want one of these water bottles.
3. Drink with meals
One simple way of making sure you’re getting enough water, is to make sure you have a drink with each meal. I try to have a pint of water with each meal and finish the drink by the time I’ve finished the meal. That way, I know I’ve had three pints of water without really needing to think about it.
4. Make water more exciting
I don’t think I know anyone who is crazy in love with plain old water. I mean, I don’t dislike it but it’s not the most exciting is it! There’s a number of ways you can make water more exciting without taking away from it or adding lots of sugar.
My favourites include fruit teas (Twinnings Lemon and Ginger is top of the list by far!) and fruit infused water. Purchasing a water bottle designed so that you can add fruit makes this an easy way of improving the taste.
This week I’m going to set myself a goal of actually drinking the recommended 2 litres a day. If you have any other tactics to make sure you’re drinking enough, please let me know!