Buy a pretty bottle
Sounds silly but a neat water bottle might just be the little push you need to increase your water intake. Practical and reusable, you can find lightweight models that will keep your drink chill and look good on your work desk. When shopping, look for stainless steel as it will last you a lifetime. Also, research shows that polycarbonate plastic can release BPA, a harmful chemical which affects hormones. Save the planet and most importantly, yourself by giving plastic bottles a miss!
Set Daily Goals
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it’s likely that you will not go from zero to a gallon overnight. Focus on the long haul: small steps but big results. Start by substituting your usual beverages for a glass of water instead. Increase the goal so that you will be adding an extra glass every day of the week. Wanna amp it up? Turn it into a competition with a friend or co-worker. After all, a little dare never hurt nobody!
Make it a routine
Washing your face, brushing your teeth, walking the dog…The human brain functions well with established routines. As we are creatures of habit, it’s no surprise that drinking water can be easily incorporated into your schedule. Don’t forget to break your goal into smaller ones so that you will spread out your water consumption.
Add fruits, veggies, and herbs
Okay, plain water might be a little boring. But the best thing is that it doesn’t have to be! You can add delicious and refreshing flavors to your H20. Sliced cucumbers are perfect for an invigorating post-workout drink. Craving something sugary? Add berries for a juicy flavor and none of the calories. And if you’re looking to make yourself a fancy mocktail, freeze lemon slices in ice cubes and combine it with a bit of grated ginger. Dee-lish!
Set an alarm on your phone
Let’s be honest, our smartphones are glued to our hands these days. Why not set an alarm every 2 hours to help you remember it’s time to quench your thirst. This simple strategy can be a godsend for people with crazy schedules who are always on the go. You can also use the moment to stretch your back and take a mini break from work. It will help your brain refocus and your productivity levels will soar!
Track progress using an app
For the tech-savvy, nothing beats an app to help with their lifestyle goals. There is a multitude of options you can download to help you accomplish the water mission. Some even allow you to get in touch with a health coach! Another cool feature is that you will be able to track your progress as the months go by. Data nerds will definitely love this! Remember start slow and you will keep at it, day by day.