I am 110% guilty of going a whole day without drinking anything but my morning coffee. Food has water in it too but drinking enough so that you actually go to the washroom is probably a necessity for a healthy body. #justsayin
Seeing as this issue bothers me a little and I can’t quite seem to get by with the system I use, I decided to look into some creative ways to encourage myself to drink more water throughout the day. If you struggle in this area too try what works best for you and let me know in the comments how you did!
1. Carry a bottle with you where ever you go
If you don’t have it with you, you won’t drink it. Also… if you’re anything like me you’ll refuse to buy bottled water because that’s no-good for the planet. So, PLAN IT in advance (ha!), and bring a bottle when you leave the house. As a side note it’s super annoying when you go somewhere and they don’t have any water fountains so I always try to fill mine when I see one.
2. Add things to it!
I’m not talking about that weird no-calorie stuff you squirt in (although I suppose that would work too), I’m talking about plant-based add-ins! We also used this tactic to get the kids in our after school program to drink more water. All we had to do was add fruit or mint and they drank all the water (and ate all the lemons)! My favourite combinations are:
Lime or Lemon + Mint
Lemon + Cucumber
Plain ole’ lemon (my absolute fav)
3. Track it
There are two ways to do this 1. Use an app or 2. Old school pen and paper.
There are about 1404 apps out there to help track you water intake, unfortunately they don’t work for me because I find them too tedious (I’m also awful with technology..) but some people love the challenge of monitoring and tracking up their cups of H20. Some trendy ones right now are: Watterlogged and Waterminder,
Pen and paper is pretty self explanatory – I would use a small journal or notebook and keep it in my backpack or purse.
4. Keep a pitcher in your fridge
There are plenty of filter options but we use a Brita in our house. I’ve also just filled a pitcher with water and lemons or limes for some infused water and kept it in the fridge. If you go with this method be sure to drink it soon because it might start picking up some funky fridge tastes. I’m more likely to drink if it’s in the fridge, rather than tap water because I like my water realllly cold.
5. Use general awareness
Chances are if you’re thinking about water more often you’ll drink more of it. Most of the ideas above just make you more aware of it but there are also other ways like using sticky notes, phone reminders, heck you could put up a picture on your desk of a nice tall drink of water, drinking a glass of water…gotcha!
Ok, brb going to have a glass of lemon water…
How do you make sure you get enough water? Have you tried any of these methods?