We should all do it. Drink more water. But with our busy lifestyles, looking after the kids, your partner, pets and all the housework, errands to run and everything else – it’s not always easy! Did you know that water is the main component of the human body?
In fact, the body is composed of between 55 and 78 percent water, depending on body size. Adequate and regular water consumption has numerous health benefits. As an added plus, it has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar! We all know the benefits – so here are a few tips on how to get more water into your body and feel those benefits!
Update your sink!
It may seem obvious, but heading to a limescale covered or leaky tap to fill up a glass, isn’t exactly inspiring. So why not invest in some new ones? New taps for your bathroom or kitchen could be the first step in introducing more water into your day. And they’ll look great too!
Set yourself a goal!
Maybe you already drink a decent amount of water every day — or maybe you hardly drink any. Start by figuring out how much you consume now, and how much you should consume. Then zero in on real numbers: like going from four to nine glasses per day.
Keep an eye on the clock and ensure you’ve drunk X-amount of water by a certain time. It doesn’t have to be bucket loads, just an extra glass at first is a step in the right direction.
Use a straw!
Sounds simple, because it is! Drinking with a straw makes you drink faster and more! Try it and see!
Get your friends and family involved!
Wrangle up friends, family or co-workers to join you — for example: make it a goal to drink at least five glasses during the workday — then set up shared calendar reminders to make sure you’re all on track. (Feeling extra competitive? Place a friendly bet.)
Invest in a decent water bottle!
Forget about re-filling an old plastic bottle. Not only do they harbour bacteria but it’s pretty disheartening looking at the label of a fizzy drink and only drinking water from the bottle it was in.
Once you’ve purchased your water bottle, go a step further and mark it with time orientated goals, this is an easy way to keep track of what you’ve consumed throughout the day!
Jazz it up!
You might be more inclined to drink water if it was a little more interesting. If that’s the case, there are plenty of ways to go beyond plain, boring H2O. Some fruit or cucumber in your water adds a little flavour without adding in the sugar you’d find in straight fruit juice.
Freeze some lemon slices in ice cubes for an easy water upgrade or try a little ginger and herbs to switch things up a bit. If you’re missing the fizz from your drinks – try some sparkling water instead! You’ll get the bubbly without the other not-so-great stuff!
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