How To Develop A Health Habit Of Drinking Water DailyPosted On:2016-03-02 Category: Health And Nutrition
Water is the best thing you can put in your body, yet so many of us ignore it throughout the day. Here are some great ways to trick yourself into developing a healthy habit of drinking lots of water every day:
- 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, fillup a cup.
- Invest in a water bottle that you’ll actually use — and keep it close.
The Swell water bottle is stainless steel and will keep your drink cold for 24 hours, or hot for 12. (It’s also double-walled, so you don’t have to deal with a frosty beverage dripping all over your purse.) Some water bottles are dishwasher-safe and have a center compartment for infusions.
- Sip before every meal.
When the waiter comes around and asks for drink orders, always request water. Drinking a full cup before each meal can curb calorie intake because it causes you to feel full. Infuse your water with fruits, vegetables, or herbs.
Add a favorite flavor or two for variety — like berries, citrus, or lavender. You can find these and other ideas for infused water here.
- Get motivated with a filter that also lets you give back.
This one from Soma has biodegradable filters, and a portion of every purchase is donated to charity: water, an organization that helps provide clean water in places where its not always readily available.
- Squeeze a drink into the daily routines you already have.
Guzzle a full glass during the parts of your day where you already have a routine — like after your brush your teeth in the morning, or right before you eat lunch. Adding a drink to existing regimens will make you more likely to a) remember it, and b) actually do it.
- Stick to a one-to-one rule when drinking alcohol.
You’ve probably heard the drinking rule: for every 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 water in your system to balance out sugar-packed mixers and syrups.
- Use a straw.
You’ll drink more, and you’ll drink faster.
- Make a water wager.
Wrangle up friends or co-workers to join you — for example: make it a goal to drink at least five glasses during the workday — then set up shared calendar reminders to make sure you’re all on track. (Feeling extra competitive? Place a friendly bet.)
- Hydrate with water-based foods.
Foods like cucumbers, salad greens, grapefruit, cantaloupe, homemade water-based ice pops, and (of course) watermelon all rank high in water content and can help keep you refreshed throughout the day.
- Cut juice with sparkling water.
For an easy way to lighten up sugary fruit juices, spike them with sparkling water. Think of it as a makeshift alternative to soda — and a quick way to hydrate and satisfy your sweet tooth.