We all know that drinking more water is hugely beneficial – for skin, health, weight management, brain function, digestion etc etc – see our tips on the Hydration page of this website. Also an interesting blog can be found here for the weight loss benefits.
In 2015, bottled water consumption reached an all-time high of 11.7 billion gallons, compared to 4.7 billion gallons in 2000. However, although Americans are drinking more water than ever before, tempting sugary and carbonated drinks are still consumed on a higher level.
Just drinking one extra glass a day will have its benefits – and here are some ways to encourage you to reach for the extra glass of water!
Plan your drinking for the week ahead: This may sound over the top, but planning ahead works wonders for diet, exercise and water intake. Work out how much you would like to drink each day for the next week. Get a large 2 litre water bottle and mark on times: for example: you want to be down by 2 inches at 10am, half way by lunchtime (1pm) and three quarters of the way through by 6pm….finishing the bottle by bedtime. You could use the bottle as a marker system and pour the water into your fruit infused water bottle to flavour the water to your taste. Perhaps by week 2-3 you will start on a second bottle!
Use rubber bands to count the glasses of water you are drinking each day. Say you want to drink 6 glasses – have 6 bands on your wrist. As you drink a glass, move one band to the other wrist until all 6 are across. This might sound obvious, but just make sure that the bands are not tight!
Download a free app on your smart phone which can help you track your water intake.
Apps such as Water Alert, My Water Balance or Water Log are all free apps. In my experience logging intake can help you loads. Or, if you are not a fan of smart phone apps you can log it using an old fashion pen and paper! Make it fun, use a calendar so you can see your intake improving, and correlate feeling better alongside it!
Finally, treat yourself if you have hit your weekly target – figure out your treat and work towards it. When you hit your goal – feel proud and know you have earned your treat.
I am a busy mum of two teenage boys, and between them and work I am forever running around. I have always been interested in fitness, and I make sure that exercise features regularly in my life. However many of my friends are not into fitness like me, yet want to be healthy. I want to help people make healthy lifestyle choices which will impact on their fitness, without necessarily feeling the need to throw themselves full force into exercise.