How to Stay Hydrated Throughout the Day
Water makes up more than half of the human body, but most of us don’t drink nearly enough. Seems like an easy fix, but let’s be honest—water is boring. It lacks flavor and color and can often seem like a chore. Here of some tips and tricks to up your water game throughout the day!
- Invest in a fun water bottle. Drinking out of a plastic water bottle isn’t exactly inspiring. Buying a nice water bottle will encourage you to drink and you will want to keep it on your desk. You can go the pricey route with a Healthy Human or Hydro Flask, or just purchase a cheaper plastic bottle on Amazon. Whatever will make you happy and hydrated. You’ll also be reducing your plastic waste, so it’s a win-win!
- Add some flavor. You can add different fruits, vegetables and herbs to enhance your water without adding any sugar. Simply let it infuse for a few hours and you’re good to go! Try different concoctions like strawberry and basil, cucumber and lime, or pineapple mint. You could also invest in some flavor packs. For example, True Lemon has crystallized lemon for on-the-go flavor and they also have lemonade packs that are made with Stevia! No sugar and no chemicals.
- Get a free app. Download an app onto your phone that gives you gentle reminders throughout the day to take a few sips of your water. My personal favorite is Plant Nanny; you keep your plant alive by watering whenever you water yourself, aka drink! The pressure to keep your cute plant child alive should be enough to keep you drinking all day long.
- Water down sugary drinks. When that 3 p.m. slump comes around, we all gravitate towards comfort foods and drinks, and there’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite treat! However, you want to keep your body going, not have it crash and burn. If you’re craving some sweet tea or lemonade, simply add water to it. Try a mixture of half and half to start and increase the water content as your taste buds see fit.
- Create milestones. Creating little goals throughout the day will challenge you to drink up! For example, “I can take a lap and stretch my legs when I finish this water bottle." Or, “I can have that square of dark chocolate when this water bottle is empty." Creating little challenges will up the ante and bring out your competitive side.