4 Ways to Up Your Water Intake
Hey! Have you heard the news? This might be a shocker, so sit down. Apparently, humans need to drink a lot of water. I know, you might be thinking that sounds bonkers, but it's true.
OK, really. We all know we should drink more water. It keeps our body functions balanced, our kidneys working properly, our skin healthy, can even help us lose weight and yes, also keeps us alive. There are many benefits to drinking enough water ("enough" being about 3 liters a day for men and just over 2 liters a day for women).
So we all know we need it, we know how much, but are we getting enough? I believe people underestimate the amount of water they're drinking (as we also do with how much exercise we get, how many calories we eat and how many pets we can comfortably have without going crazy). Plus, it can be hard to remember to drink enough when you're also remembering to hit the grocery store, clean the bathroom, help your kid with her homework and get in some "me time." Here are a few tips to get more water in:
Get a Giant Water Bottle
I have personally found that if I keep a big water bottle near me at all times, I end up drinking more water. It's there, so why not? The nice thing about drinking out of a big bottle is that you know how much water it holds, so if you drink until it's empty, then refill it, you can easily track how much water you're drinking.
Drink Sparkling Water
Do you crave excitement in your water (read that like a Gatorade commercial)? Opt for sparkling water, flavored or not. A couple years ago, I purchased a SodaStream, and it's one of my most-loved kitchen items. Especially on a hot day, sparkling water just feels so refreshing. I also generally keep a 12-pack of peach-pear La Croix in the fridge when I want something a bit more flavorful.
Work Out More
I bet I drink a third of all of my water for the day while I'm at the gym and within the hour after my workout. Exerting yourself makes you thirstier, and you drink more water. Of course, you're also sweating more, but if you're drinking plenty of water while working out, you're replacing more than you're losing.
Log Your Water Intake
Like I mentioned, I bet most of us (I know I do) underestimate how much water we're actually drinking throughout the day. You might say "Oh, I drink water all day long," but if you're taking small sips off one large cup the whole day, that might not add up to as much as you think in the long run. I use MyFitnessPal to log how much water I'm actually drinking to help me know if I'm actually hitting the 2.1 liters recommended for the average woman.
How do you make sure you're drinking enough water?