“12 EASY WAYS TO DRINK MORE WATER EVERY DAY” REVIEW
Our bodies are made up of nearly 75% of water….justification enough to stay hydrated. Nevertheless, the lives of my personal training clients (and probably your life too) are full of constant demands and distractions. As a result, they usually don’t drink nearly enough water and feel more fatigue and hunger (among the numerous other symptoms that result from dehydration). Whether you’re trying to lose weight or live healthy, read through the following 9 tips from the Self article “12 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day” and choose 2 strategies to hydrate your day:
1. ADD FLAVOR TO YOUR PITCHER.
Chugging several glasses of water a day can seem like torture when every cup is tasteless. Add a bit of excitement by dunking fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) to your carafe.
2. DRINK A GLASS AFTER EVERY BATHROOM BREAK.
Start a habit by linking water with some of your most common daily activities. Getting up from your desk for a bathroom break? Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water after leaving the restroom. Every time you pass the water cooler, fill up a cup.
3. USE AN APP TO TRACK YOUR CUPS.
Keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy (and fun) with the help of a free app. Download Daily Water Free or Carbodroid to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms.
4. OR TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER AND GET A HIGH-TECH WATER BOTTLE.
Take your tracking to the next level with the HidrateMe Smart Water Bottle ($60) and coordinating app. This high-tech cup records every ounce as you sip, and sends the information directly to your cell.
5. DILUTE SUGARY DRINKS WITH WATER AND ICE.
If drinking juice, lemonade, or iced tea is a daily habit, water down your sips with H20 and a healthy helping of ice (aim for a one-to-one ratio). You’ll still get the sweetness you’re craving with a healthy dose of the water your body needs.
6. INVEST IN A FILTER.
Filtered water can taste better than the liquid coming out of the tap or water fountain. So, invest in a system for your kitchen sink and for your portable bottle. Try Soma Water Filtration Carafe ($50) for home and theBobble Classic ($10) on the go.
7. CHOOSE SPARKLING OR MINERAL WATER OVER SODA.
Pouring this bubbly, zero-calorie drink is just as good for your body as drinking water — except it’s got more pizzazz. Add a squeeze of lime juice, and it’s basically like drinking a fancy cocktail (without the alcohol). You can also make your own sparkling water at home with a Sodastream ($80).
8. STICK TO A ONE-TO-ONE RULE WHEN DRINKING ALCOHOL.
You’ve probably heard the drinking rule: for every beer or cocktail turn up one glass of water. This is a great strategy to avoid a hangover the next day, but you can also use it to make sure you get plenty of H2O in your system to balance out sugar-packed mixers and syrups.
9. USE A MARKED WATER BOTTLE.
A bottle that’s marked with ounces or even hours can help you reach your personal water goal each day. Plus, you’ll know exactly how many times you need to refill! Try the Water Intake Tracker Bottle ($15).
What other strategies have you used to increase your water intake?
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article 12 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day on MSN.com
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