We all know we need to drink more water. From digestion, energy, and brainpower, water is key when it comes to having a healthy mind and body. 60% of our body is made up of water, even though most of us already know this, we still struggle to keep on top of our daily hydration.
As with everything in fitness, the best way to make sure we keep on track with water intake is by forming a habit. Here we have some great tips on making hydration a habit.
- Start with a water goal
The traditionally recommended eight glasses of water is a good place to start. But it’s important to remember goals should be suitable for you as an individual. So if you are doing a lot of exercise or sweating you may want to increase the amount, or if you are just starting out on increasing your water intake, it might be too much to jump straight to eight glasses, so it’s better to make your goal achievable each day. Drinking too much water is not good for you, so it’s important not to overdrink the recommended amount and listen to your body.
- Add flavour
Whilst nothing beats pure water in terms of health benefits, if you really hate drinking it, it can be difficult to stay hydrated. To make something a habit you have to enjoy it. Sugar free cordials or infusing your water with fresh fruit to add flavour are a good way to enjoy the taste of water. If you are wanting to form a habit, drinking flavoured water is better than no water at all. A good way to do it is start with the water as flavoursome as you like, then gradually over time reduce the amount of cordial or fruit you add into it to get your pallet used to the plain taste.
- Find a water bottle you love.
Finding a way you like drinking water can make all the difference. Whether you prefer a cup, a sports bottle or a bottle with a straw. Sometimes you want to sip, sometimes you want to chug, but having a bottle that suits your needs can help to incentivise you. You can even get bottles that fit your entire daily recommendation of liquid in so you can know exactly how much you need to drink. It’s also handy having a bottle that’s easy to carry around with you as a reminder to drink wherever you go.
- Track your intake
Whether you use your bottle or an app, tracking your hydration is a really important thing to do. Not only does it help you reach your goal, but it feels like a great achievement at the end of the day to look back and reflect on how hydrated you are. Another handy tracking tip is to plan what time of day you want to hit a certain amount of water intake, eg by 10am drink 0.5litres, by 12pm drink 1litre. This can be a more realistic way of meeting goals as it’s broken down into manageable chunks.
It takes about a month to really have a habit stick, so do this for a few weeks, and before you know it, you’ll be drinking your water regularly throughout the day without even thinking about it. You won’t look back once you notice your energy levels increasing, your workouts feeling better and your skin is looking clearer.