With the New Year comes new fitness and health goals for most people. While a majority of people tend to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables or developing a consistent workout regimen, few people consider the importance of water to their overall health. Not only does proper hydration make sure your body functions properly, it also helps to keep your energy up, skin clear, and satiety levels in check.
All too often we see people in our classes who have not properly hydrated or fueled themselves become lethargic and have to stop midway through due to lack of energy. Don’t let this person be you! It’s important to stay properly hydrated through the entire day, and especially before performing any sort of vigorous exercise. Below are some ways to keep on track with your water intake throughout the day.
1. Buy a reusable water bottle:
Not only will this save you money, but it’s also better for the environment. By keeping a water bottle with you at all times throughout the day, it will serve as a constant reminder to drink up! Just make sure you know exactly how many ounces your water bottle holds to ensure that you’re filling it up enough times throughout the day.
2. Keep a hydration log:
This is something that can easily be kept in your phone or daily planner. Simply check off each time you’ve drank a cup of water during the day until you hit your target number of cups. After a while, drinking water will become second nature for you and you won’t even need the log anymore!
3. Spruce it up with some fruit:
It’s so much easier to stay hydrated when it’s tasty to drink! You can find a water infuser at most stores nowadays, or simply place the fruit in a pitcher of water. Our current favorite combo is mint leaves and strawberries!
4. Buy a half gallon (or gallon) jug of water:
Next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up a large jug of water and keep it with you at work and home. Having the exact amount of water you need to drink during the day next to you at all times takes all of the guesswork out of it. Once you’ve finished the jug, you’ve hit your goal for the day!
5. Drink 1 cup of water before every meal:
In addition to keeping you on track with your hydration goals, this will also help you to eat less at all of your meals. Often times, people confuse thirst for hunger and will overeat in an effort to satiate themselves. By drinking first, you’ll stay on track with your weight loss goals for the year as well.
How many ounces of water do you drink each day?
January 07, 2015