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Let’s face it, it’s not easy to consume the amount of water recommended each day to stay healthy. We have so many other things swirling around in our busy little brains, so our beverage intake isn’t exactly a number one priority. The truth is, it doesn’t even have to be something you waste your brain power on. Here, we have compiled the 6 easiest ways to drink more water.
If you strategically place water bottles in easy access places and make it a point just to sneak a few glasses in here and there, you’re good to go. The problem is actually remembering to do this.
Getting the proper fluids in your body throughout the day doesn’t mean you should only be sipping on clear, unflavored beverages. Actually, anything without carbonation and caffeine will do the trick just fine. But you should still be getting at least some water in daily.
Try some of these tricks to stay hydrated without ditching the occasional soda or coffee:
- Keep water bottles within arms reach as much as possible. Perhaps having a fun or sporty refillable water bottle in your purse will make you more inclined to drink up. A lot of times that we feel the sensation of thirst hit us, we’re busy doing something else. Who wants to take a break from shopping or driving to a friend’s house to stop and purchase a bottle of water? Most of the reason we skip out on drinking is the inconvenience. So eliminate the problem altogether. Even if you’re the type to forget to refill a reusable bottle, you can just keep a few bottles full in the fridge at all times. That way, when you’re running out the door frantically, you can just grab-and-go.
- Stock your car with water bottles. You keep enough junk laying around in your car, so what’s an extra water bottle? Don’t do this in the dead of summer with a disposable plastic water bottle, because studies point to health risks from chemicals in the plastic seeping into the water. However, all year round you can use BPA-free water bottles or stainless steel water bottles and avoid the risk all together. Even if you’re running errands all day, bring a bottle of water to keep in your center console. When the urge strikes, you’ll have fluids right there on hand and won’t be hitting up the nearest Dunkin Donuts’ drive-thru.
- If you’re not going to pass on the fries, then pass on the soda. Just admit it, we all eat fast food here and there. In fact, most of us eat some kind of fast food or take-out at least once or twice per week. Don’t worry, I’m not judging you. BUT, if you’re going to pig out, it wouldn’t hurt to order a water with your Big Mac. A large Coke from McDonald’s is a whopping 310 calories. Add that to your burger and fries! Even though getting a water instead might not seem like a big deal, that change twice a week can really add up.
- Don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. When you’re walking through the aisles of the grocery store on an empty stomach, odds are, you’re going to buy everything in site that looks scrumptious and filling. You’re brain doesn’t stand a chance over your stomach when you’re starving in a room full of any kind of food you can imagine. However, if you eat a nice hearty meal right before, you’re more likely to consciously decide what foods you should purchase. Given this, you’ll be in the right mindset to grab a case of water over a case of soda. Also, going food shopping straight from the gym will absolutely keep you on track. You’re more apt to stock up on items that are nutritious after you’ve spent the last half hour running your butt off to stay in shape.
- Strategically stock your refrigerator both at home and at work. When you’re whipping up a quick lunch or just browsing the fridge for a snack, you typically grab whatever looks the best right in the front, especially when you’re in a hurry. Convenience is key. If you keep a pitcher with a water filter in the fridge at all times and some cups nearby, you’ll notice you choose water a lot more over the other garbage. If you can afford it, invest in a water cooler for your home. You can’t get any easier than those little throw away triangle cups! Also, try to remember to bring a water bottle with you to keep in the refrigerator at work. Sometimes we let ourselves slip when the office vending machine has nothing but soda. You have to be proactive!
- Make it a point to start your day with water. I’ve read before that drinking a glass of water before bed each night is a good way to get your intake up. However, I for one despise having to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. If you like the idea of a forced routine to get you into the habit of drinking water, switch the plan to the AM instead. Right before breakfast, gulp down a large glass of water. In fact, studies show that drinking a glass of water directly before a meal will help reduce the amount of food you scarf down. So if you’re really interested, drink a glass before every meal it’s available!