I think it’s kind of funny that I’m writing a blog post today on how to drink more water, because about 4 years ago I would hardly drink anything. It was almost concerning how little I drank! If I had a pound for every time my family gave me a lecture about drinking more water, then I’d be rich! I was repeatedly told that I would shrivel up like a prune, or end up in hospital with kidney failure if I didn’t drink more, but how times have changed! Now I drink between 3-4 litres of water every day and I’m easily out drinking the rest of my family. Are you looking to start drinking more water throughout your day? Here are my 8 top tips!
1. Get a cute water bottle
A large water bottle (preferably a litre bottle) can help you to drink more water, as you don’t have to keep filling it up as many times throughout the day, and it is a lot easier to keep track of your water intake. Having a cute water bottle makes all the difference, as you will get more excited to use it and keep it with you wherever you go. Using a water bottle can also prevent you from leaving half empty glasses of water around the house and never really knowing how much you’ve had to drink that day. This is honestly the number one tip that helped me drink more! I have a pink Nike 1L water bottle and it never leaves my sight!
2. Mark the times of the day on your water bottle
This helps you see how much water you should be drinking throughout the day, and helps you to drink more regularly throughout the day instead of downing a litre in one go because you forgot to drink all morning. If you don’t want to buy a new water bottle, you could always use a permanent marker and draw on your own times, or perhaps use washi tape for a less permanent solution.
3. Download a water tracking app
There are some great apps out there that help you log your water! My favourite is Waterlogged, it is a free app that allows you to set reminders at scheduled intervals throughout the day so that you will never forget to keep yourself hydrated. Better still, get a smart water bottle! Hidrate spark <link> is a smart water bottle that tracks your water intake and automatically syncs it to a hydration app on your phone. It also connects with fitbit and apple watch, plus the bottle glows as a reminder to stay hydrated! Of course you don’t need to spend lots of money to keep hydrated, but it might just be one of the coolest inventions i’ve seen!
4. Flavour your water with fruit
Don’t like the taste of plain water? Another great tip is to flavour your water with fruit slices. You can combine different fruits and for different flavours so you’ll never get bored. Citrus fruits and berries are great; cucumber water is a classic favourite for a spa like feel; lemon water helps detox and aids digestion; herbs such as mint, basil, rosemary or thyme add a lot of flavour and can be very refreshing.
5. Drink half a litre of water with every meal
Doing something as simple as drinking a litre of water with each meal every day can help to ingrain the habit of hydrating into your daily routine. It helps your brain to make the association that meal time = water time! You could even sip your half a litre before your meal or whilst you’re cooking, as this will help your food to digest easier.
6. Write sticky notes and place them around your house as reminders
By putting them in places you visit often, (for example the fridge door, bathroom mirror, etc.) you’ll be constantly reminded throughout the day to drink more water.The great thing about this tip is that sticky notes don’t have to be a permanent feature, therefore you can just keep them until you’re in the habit of drinking your daily water goal.
7. Get a water drinking buddy
Got a friend or family member that can help hold you to your habit? Having somebody else with the same goal as you can encourage you to drink more, as you can spur each other on. You could even turn it into a race to see who can drink the most the fastest. Sometimes if I realise I’m behind on my water intake for the day, I’ll race Izzy and we’ll see who can down a glass the fastest.
8. Make it a challenge
This is a great way to turn what seems like a chore into a fun challenge and it can also help you to cement your goal of drinking more and turn it into a habit. For example, set yourself a 30 day challenge to drink 3 litres of water a day. This keeps you on track and helps you to stay motivated to finish the challenge and meet your goal.
The classic resolution of ‘drink more water’ is too vague, and you can never actually ‘complete’ it. Therefore setting a specific goal or challenge helps you to focus and allows you to actually achieving it. This also means that you can reward yourself at the end of the challenge, as you will have proof that you have accomplished your aim. You’ll feel much better and it will be so much easier to keep up the water consumption at the end of the 30 days because your body will become used to drink that much water, and will start to show signs of dehydration or thirst if you don’t continue to hydrate it properly.