How to drink more water

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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23 Comments

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Nor me, I need to try harder! xx

  1. October 19, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I am terrible at drinking water so need all the help I can get.

    If only tea counted

  2. October 19, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I always drink with a straw – haven’t a clue why either ! -probably think I’m such kind of posh mother ha!

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Haha I actually think I can drink more with a straw weirdly! xx

  3. October 20, 2017 / 5:31 am

    I have to say – I do not fail on this one, haha! I think I manage up to 8 pints a day 🙂 so important for health!

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Wow that’s amazing Hannah! xx

  4. October 20, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I really need to get into the habit of drinking more water, these are great tips x

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks lovely! xx

  5. October 20, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I do not drink enough water. I keep saying every day I must drink more and then forget. Off to get my first glass of the day now!!

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      I’m terrible too, trying to follow my own advice but it’s hard! xx

  6. October 20, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I find I drink more if I have a chilled water bottle, but I still don’t drink enough

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Yes me too! I am terrible for drinking, I genuinely do forget! xx

  7. October 21, 2017 / 9:08 am

    I try and drink x amount within a set time and find that works really well. I make sure I drink a good litre during and after a workout as well.

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      That’s a good idea, I usually end up downing a load at night because I haven’t drank enough in the day! xx

  8. October 21, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Great tips. Jazzing it up is a good idea. I’m actually doing a fitness challenge at the mo which involves drinking lots of water so setting goals defo works

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Oh that sounds like a great challenge! I need to up my intake! xx

  9. October 21, 2017 / 10:30 am

    I drink nowhere near enough water so thanks for the tips. I really need to lay off the fizzy drinks!

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Me too! I’m terrible for it! xx

  10. October 22, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    This is something I’m really working on at the moment. I’ve started taking a bottle of water to bed so it’s the first thing I drink when I wake up. it seems to be helping so far

    • Laura Dove
      October 23, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Ooh that’s a good tip! thank you! xx

  11. October 23, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I am not good at drinking water so often I drink flavoured water or my teas all day long. I need to change my kitchen taps for sure this year

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      We have a filter tap which is great! xx

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