Let’s face it; water is boring and often tasteless. Hydrating has always been an integral part of healthy living. With our bodies containing up to 60% water, topping ourselves off throughout the day is essential. Despite knowing water is vital for our bodies, many of us still don’t drink enough.
Drinking water, be it at the beginning of the day or throughout, will help keep you hydrated. Don't force the issue though, drinking water shouldn’t be seen as a chore. Instead, opt for drinking when you feel the need or are thirsty. If you still can’t bring yourself to get as much water as you think you should, the following 10 tips can help kick-start you. Drinking water doesn't need to be dull or boring.
At the start of a day, the start of a meeting, even as the starter for a meal. By adding a glass of water to the beginning of these activities, it won’t feel so forced to hydrate, and acts as an unobtrusive reminder.
Cup after cup of tasteless water can get pretty depressing. Just because the water is flavoured doesn't mean it is bad for you. Adding fresh fruit to a pitcher of water can add some much-needed variety. Use strawberries, lemon, or oranges as a start. You can even add slices of cucumber or celery for veggie-themed water.
Water doesn't just have to be drunk. Water-rich foods are a simple but effective way to hydrate without having to take a sip every hour. Cucumber is the ultimate choice at a whopping 96% water. However, several alternatives exist. Add watermelon or grapefruit to your shopping list for a natural water fix.
Similar to using water as a starter, sipping before every meal is a simple but effective way to add a subconscious reminder. Whenever you are out for a meal, the inevitable question of “What would you like to drink?” comes around. No matter your usual choice, ask for a glass of water as well. If you are with guests, ask for a pitcher for the table.
One of the most significant difficulties with consuming more water is easy access. A strange statement in our modern society. As the perils of working life kick in, getting quick access to water can often be tricky. Keeping a bottle on you or at your desk means you’ll never be far from a quick sip.
Setting easily manageable goals, especially with drinking water, can make the task less daunting. Many water bottles now come with time stamp marks on the side. Rather than panicking about drinking as much and as quickly as you can, simply stick to the goals set by your water bottle. As each time marker approaches, make sure you have consumed the corresponding amount of water.
Adding some much-needed fizz to water can reinvigorate your enthusiasm. Sparkling water offers that very opportunity. You can go all out and add a drop of lemon or lime juice for the ultimate sparkling water. SodaStream machines provide the perfect home remedy to boring water.
With so much going on in our lives, remembering to drink can be a tall order. Meetings, conference calls, errands, even walking the dog can eat up our time. Use your phone to set alarms, acting as a reminder to have a quick sip of water. Most phone alarms even allow you to set a message that will pop up when the alarm goes off. 10:30am—Drink Water.
Many water bottle brands now make products that include a central filter. Not just a gimmick, this allows users to add fruit to the container, without fear of swallowing all the pits or bits of fruit that float around. An easy option that kills two birds with one stone. You get some fresh, flavoured water, with the opportunity to eat the fruit at the end of the day.
There is nothing more refreshing than a cup of tea or coffee first thing in the morning. The warm, soothing nature often helps us to wake up. As a variation on this ritual, try boiling the kettle and just having a glass of hot water to sip on. If the thought is off-putting, add a slice of lemon or lime for flavour.