Now, it’s no secret that I don’t have the healthiest lifestyle…although I’m trying to change that! However, the one thing I really know about, as it’s the one thing I have been doing religiously since I was a very small child, is drinking water. I suppose I’m lucky that I just never liked to drink anything else (except coffee, obviously), but fizzy drinks and fruit juices have just never been a part of my diet. I’m sure my body thanks me for it, since it’s pretty much the only healthy habit I have…
I do know, though, that a lot of people struggle to drink the recommended daily amount of water, and a lot of people want to increase their intake to improve overall health. So, here are some ideas of different ways to make that happen!
1.Buy a reusable water bottle. This is a great way to make sure you are drinking enough water, firstly as it’s an easy way to monitor how much you are drinking (if you buy a litre bottle, refill it 2-3 times a day and BAM), and secondly because (maybe this is just me…) but drinking from a nice container just feels better somehow. If you buy yourself a pretty or ~fancy~ bottle (you can get bottles with extras, like freezable cores, filters or infusers for fruit) you will be more motivated to carry it with you and keep yourself hydrated.
2. Make water more interesting. A lot of people just don’t like drinking water (I don’t get it, but each to their own.) The good news is, there are lots of ways to make water more appealing without adding anything unhealthy to the mix. I see a lot of recipes for “detox waters” on Pinterest, and whilst I don’t know the first thing about detoxing (and I doubt they will do anything that regular water won’t, to be honest) I’m sure they taste good! Try infusing water overnight with slices of fruit, or even just adding a squeeze of lemon, to give your water some flavour. You could also drink unsweetened tea – water infused with leaves is still water.
3. Eat your water. It’s easy to forget that foods with a high water content count towards your daily intake. You could replace a salty snack with a fruit or vegetable like watermelon, cucumber or cantaloupe. In fact, most fruit and veg is made up of over 80% water – another benefit of eating 5 a day.
4. Order a glass of water whenever you eat out or go to a coffee shop. Even if you are drinking something else as well, if a glass of water is there on your table, you will probably drink it. Also, cafes, bars and restaurants don’t charge for tap water, so there’s nothing to lose by giving yourself the chance to drink more water.
5. Track your intake. Using an app or a journal (particularly a bullet journal, which could encourage you to be creative as well as organised) is a way to stay motivated. Download a free app, such as Daily Water or Waterlogged, or even take it one step further and invest in a high-tech bottle that will track how much water you’ve consumed.
6. Incorporate it into your routine. As well as drinking water when you feel thirsty, build a habit to drink at certain moments of the day, such as when you wake up, before every meal, or at a particular time. It will soon become a part of your daily routine, just like eating breakfast – something that you don’t even have to think about.
7. Reward yourself. If you have set yourself a goal to drink more water, motivate yourself by giving yourself rewards along the way. If you have a friend who has an aim similar to yours, you could even make it a competition! Find ways to treat yourself if you are meeting your goals and seek positive reinforcement from those around you.
8. Aim to live a healthier lifestyle in general. Drinking more water is a great starting point if you’re trying to live more healthily in general. It’s a small change in your daily life that will have a big impact on your overall wellbeing, especially if you don’t drink much water to begin with. However, aiming to improve your health in other ways goes hand-in-hand with drinking more water – as mentioned earlier in the post, eating more fruit and vegetables will automatically increase your water intake. Similarly, doing more exercise will encourage you to stay hydrated.
I hope these tips and ideas are helpful! Building healthy habits is hard, especially after years of doing things in a particular way. The biggest challenges for me are eating regularly and healthily and motivating myself to exercise, so if you have any tips of blog posts on these topics, I would love to read them. Leave a link in a comment!
Thank you for reading!