During the day most of us barely have enough time to have lunch not to even mention drinking our recommended amount of water for the day. Most of us know that we need to drink more water. Believe me even I have to keep telling myself (multiple times a day) “to practice what I preach” when it comes to drinking water. Water makes up more than two-thirds of our bodies. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins and keeps the skin healthy. I’m telling you now if they ever find the “Fountain of Youth”, it will be a water fountain!
So how do you turn a desire to drink more water into a habit that you complete every single day? Well these 5 tips will help you do just that. So let us get started!
- Set a reminder
It sounds like something so easy and might even sound a bit silly, but when your day is jam packed it is very easy to forget to drink anything, let alone water! Set reminders on your computer or phone to take regular water breaks. It also helps if you include a co-worker in your new goal, as they can also help to keep you on track. Make a bet with your co-worker to see who can drink the most water during the day
- Jazz it up
Studies have found that over one third of us think that drinking plain water is boring. Chugging several glasses of water a day can seem like torture when every cup is tasteless. Add a bit of excitement by simply by adding fresh fruits and herbs such as berries, cucumber, lemon slices, mint or basil.
- Carry a water bottle everywhere
You know the old saying “out of sight, out of mind?” The same can go for water, too. To prevent this from happening take a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Make sure you always have a bottle of water with you in the car as well; this will allow you to sip on your water while you are stuck in the daily struggle called “the afternoon traffic”. This also helps you to consume the water that you were not able to finish at work.
- Suck it up
Gulping water all day can feel like a chore for some people. Try sipping your water from a straw. Studies found that some people felt that when they drank their water through a straw it helped them to drink a lot more water throughout the day.
- Use attractive water bottles
Use bright or interesting water bottles for drinking water as you will be more likely to reach out for that water bottle if it is attractive. Try buying a bottle marked with millilitres or litres as this will also help you to keep track of how much water you are drinking. You can also mark your own containers and bottles by using a permanent marker.
For more tips and tricks book an appointment with a dietician today!
Complied by Salome Scholtz, RD(SA)