Sometimes I state the obvious on my blog. Spend less than you earn. Put money in savings. Take a 401k match. Well guess what? I’ve got some more advice for you.
Yeah. I want you to stay hydrated. Can you handle that one for me?
There are plenty of reasons to drink water. It’s a really good option for replacing otherwise empty calories (like soda and other sugary drinks), and is way cheaper, too! And it helps you body clear out all the bad stuff.
It’s important to pay attention to signs of dehydration, especially during these hot months! I tend to have a problem with dry skin, and I know I get cranky and a bit of a headache when I’m not drinking enough water.
I’m a big supporter of finding ways to get myself to drink more water (without going overboard, of course. There is such a thing as too much water, where you basically dilute all your electrolytes. But I haven’t gotten anywhere near that point).
I have a bunch of ways that I’ve added more water into my day. A lot of these are by building the habit by connecting drinking water with other activities. Whenever I come back to my desk after hitting the restrooms, I make sure to drink some water. It’s a healthy vicious cycle!
I also have started pouring myself a glass of water when I’m preparing dinner. Between all my movements and activities in the kitchen, and the heat coming from the stove or oven (or during the summer, coming from EVERYWHERE), I can get pretty thirsty!
I also like making drinking water more fun. Recently, I’ve been buying one of my favorite summer fruits, peaches. Which is great, until I discover that they’re getting a bit too ripe. So I’ll clean them up, cut off the icky parts, and slice up the rest of the peach. I toss the slices in a sealable container, and pop it in the freezer. Then, when I fill up a glass of water, I add a slice of peach to my water. It acts as an ice cube, while adding some flavor to my water. Then I get the added bonus of a thawed, delicious peach slice at the bottom of my glass of water when I’m done!
If you want to make your water more fun, you can also try adding a bit of flavor with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Or you can get a Fruit Infusion Jug like the one my sister has been eyeing for a while. She said she loved getting to use one at a recent trip to an upscale hotel. (And actually, I picked it up on Amazon for her, and she’s loving it!)
Of course there are the tried and true techniques, like the one Cait (Blonde on a Budget) uses: “I just keep my water bottle w/ me wherever I go. Drink at least 4-5 bottles a day, that way.” Pretty good advice! Keep a water bottle with you all day!
So, how do you stay hydrated? Do you have a favorite water bottle you bring around everywhere? Do you add flavors to it to keep it exciting? Do you build it into a habit by linking it to other activities/actions? Do you track your water consumption on sites like FitBit or Daily Feats? I’d love to hear how you keep hydrated, whether it’s during your day-to-day activities or when you’re working out!