Wellness Wednesday: How to Drink More Water

wellness Wednesday: how to drink more water

For about three years now, I have been drinking over a gallon of water nearly every single day. I do this for a few reasons. First, it helps keep my skin healthy. Second, it makes managing weight easier when you are constantly flushing out toxins. Third, water is essential for health.

I know a lot of my friends have a tough time drinking more than the occasional  glass of water, so the thought of drinking as much as me seems impossible. And if you’re anything like my friends, hydration seems like more of a chore than a manageable goal. I’m glad you stopped by though, because I have some tips that just might help you out.

1. Find out how much water you should be drinking
So if your goal is hdyration, you need to figure out how much water it’s going to take to get you there. Several health experts recommend drinking a half ounce to one full once for every pound you weigh. So if you weight 160 pounds, you should be drinking 80 – 160 ounces of water each day.  If you haven’t been drinking much water, work up to your recommended amount by adding eight to 16 ounces each day until you reach your goal.

2. Get a water bottle you love
We live in a time where there are all sorts of adorable accessories to help us improve our health and wellness. As silly as it seems, a fun water bottle makes drinking water more exciting. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that my favorite is the Under Amor Undeniable water bottle. Is big, it’s got a nice grip on it, and it has a sucky top. All pros in my book. I like using it and carrying it around, so it makes drinking water easier. The great thing is that re-usable water bottles are usually less than  $20, so you can find one that’s perfect for you.

3. Create a schedule for yourself
Drinking several ounces of water a day is a lot easier when it’s broken up. For instance, I drink 16 oz of water when I wake up. 16 oz with breakfast, 16 oz after breakfast, 16 ounces before lunch, 16 ounces after lunch, 16 ounces before dinner, 16 ounces after dinner, and 32 oz of water sometime before bed. That’s 144 oz of water, folks… but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s just normal for me now that I’ve developed the habit.

4. Cut down on other beverages
If you’re a soda, juice, or milk drinker, try to cut down while you increase your water intake. Instead of reaching for a soda to quench your thirst, reach for water. The best way to do this is to stop buying other beverage and keep your fridge stocked with pre-filled bottles (whether you buy a case or fill up re-usable bottles). If cutting back on your favorite beverage seems like a little too much to handle, try drinking a bottle of water for each flavored beverage you drink.

5. Get ready to pee
There’s no tip attached to this… It’s just a reality. Yes, you will pee. Yes, it’s kind of inconvenient. Just think of it as a workout as you walk to and from the bathroom.

Hydration feels good!

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