Carry a Bottle with You at All Times:
If I don’t have a bottle of water near me, I don’t drink. Getting up halfway through an activity to go get a glass of water is a pain in the butt so having a bottle next to me at all times means I can drink without interrupting what I’m doing too much. It’s also great to have a bottle in your car or a small bottle in your bag too so you can drink whenever you’re thirsty.
Drink From a Bottle with a Straw:
I went to Nike a few months ago and bought myself a rather cute pink bottle with a built in straw. It holds 875ml worth of liquid and it makes consuming water so much easier. Since it has a straw, I find myself mindlessly drinking while carrying out mundane tasks. It makes drinking water so much easier as I can sit there with the straw in my mouth and drink until my heart is content. Plus I don’t pour the contents all over myself like I usually do with regular bottles. I’m a clumsy human!
Download a Hydrating App:
Logging your water intake is a great way to keep you motivated to have more water. I use the iDrated app – I think this is only available for iPhones – which gives you prompts as to when you should have your next drink. I like being able to see my daily water intake so I can try and beat it the next day. I’m in a weird, watery competition with myself.
If you have a goal in mind, you might be tempted into drinking as much water as possible in one go but trust me, that is a bad move. If you consume too much water too quickly, your body can’t process it properly and you end up in desperate need of the toilet. Knowing you’re going to be running back and forth from the bathroom all day isn’t appealing and will discourage you from having water so just pace yourself. Sip the water, don’t gulp it like it’s the first time you’ve seen the stuff in days.
Consume Foods That Contain Water:
Fresh fruit and vegetables typically contain water so, if you don’t fancy drinking 2 litres every day, this is another great way to get more of the clear stuff into your diet. Strawberries, cucumber, watermelon and lettuce are practically all water so they’re a great place to start.
While these tips aren’t full proof, they’ve made it so much easier for me to get in as much water as my body needs on a daily basis. Willpower is definitely required too especially when you’re craving a sugary drink but remember, water will always make you feel and look better than a 500ml bottle of Coke ever will. Happy drinking!