Today I’m back to thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions. I have to keep in on the forefront of my mind or all those lofty goals will be long forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind, but I really want to succeed at accomplishing these goals. So today I’m thinking about making sure I drink enough water.
Remember that our bodies are about 60% water, but in order for our bodies to remain healthy we have to drink water. In fact, our bodies require quite a bit of water everyday. Now we do get water from foods we eat, but not nearly enough. Here’s a chart that shows by weight, how much water you should be drinking. So the question is: are you drinking enough water? Most people I know don’t drink nearly enough and I’m just as guilty.
To help me stay on top of hydrating my body on a daily basis, I’ve downloaded a bunch of different apps. These days most of us live with our phones on us at all times. I figured having an app on my phone was the best way to help me remember. Not only will do these apps help you track how much you drink, but they will also remind you throughout the day to ensure you’re drinking enough. So after using many different water apps, I’ve determined that the best, most user friendly, least annoying apps are these:
Water Your Body (Android)
Carbodriod Drinking Water (Android)
Tips for drinking more water:
1. Add some flavor. Put fresh fruit in your water. It’s a healthy way to give it some sweetness.
2. Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods makes you need to drink more and just make sure you’ve got your glass or bottle of water close by.
3. Carry it with you. I always have a bottle of water with me. Just out of habit, I find that I’m sipping on it even when I’m not feeling thirsty. Remember in most cases, when you’re thirsty that means your body is starting to get dehydrated.
4. Think about the cost. I have a 3 bottles of water at work, which allows me to have an alternative to the coffee shop or the vending machine. I have three so that I can refill them and keep a couple in the fridge, so I always have cold water. We have a filtered water system that I can use to refill my bottles each day. That’s free!
To help me understand just how important it is to drink water, I’ve read a few books. I highly recommend them.
The Drinking Water Book
How to Eliminate Harmful Toxins from Your Water
What do you do to make yourself drink more water?