Achieving Live Fit Tip #1: Ideas for Drinking More Water

Here are some tips for helping you get more water in throughout the day, so that you can reach your recommended water intake level based on your individual needs. If you are unsure of how much you actually need, refer back to our previous blog post (Live Fit Tip #1-Hydration) for some helpful guidelines.

  • Splurge on the perfect reusable water bottle
    • One with a unique design, favorite color, or inspirational message on it
    • Spending a little extra on the bottle will encourage you to carry it with you at all times.
    • Refill it as soon as it’s empty
    • Try to always refill with filtered water from a pitcher (i.e. Brita or Pur) or a  water cooler
  • Tag Your Water Bottle
    • Each time you finish a bottle, mark it to track your progress toward your goal
  • Make it a Ritual
    • Have a big glass (8-10 oz) of water at every transitional point of the day:
      • when you first get up…drink at least 8 ounces as soon as you get out of bed; place it on your nightstand and drink it down after turning of the alarm clock
      • just before leaving the house
      • when you sit down to work
      • when you get home from work
  • Make it Part of Every Meal
    • Every time you eat a meal or snack have at least 8-10 ounces of water with it
  • Drink When You Have a Munchie Attack
    • Are you REALLY hungry?? Hunger can be mistaken for thirst.  If it has only been an hour or so since your last meal and you are feeling hunger pains try drinking a glass of water…chances are you are just a little behind on your water J
    • When you have a junk-food craving, down a glass of water immediately. You feel full quickly and avoid the calories, and it lets time pass till the craving fades
  • It’s FREE
    • When dining out skip the calorie, sugar laden expensive beverages and instead opt for WATER…keeping hydrated, not taking in unnecessary extra calories and saving money sounds pretty sweet to us!
  • Buddy System
    • Challenge a family member, co-worker or friend to a fun competition
      • see who can drink more water in the course of a day
      • who can hit their goal amount of water more days over a week
  • Freshen it up with Some Fruit
    • Try adding fresh lemon, lime, oranges or even cucumber to flavor your water
    • Freeze little bits of peeled lemons, limes, and oranges and use them in place of ice cubes – it’s refreshing and if you eat the fruit you’ll get in a serving or two of your fruits for the day!
  • Create a System…AND make it FUN!
    • Have one glass (8-10 oz) every hour on the hour while at work.
  • Make a Rule
    • Find something you have a habit of doing regularly, and make a rule to drink one full glass (8-10 oz) of water every time you do it.
  • Take Baby Steps
    • If you are currently no where near reaching your goal amount of water each day, take it slow…add an additional glass each day until you reach the goal amount specific to you.
    • Your trips to the bathroom may increase at first, but once your body adapts to the steady supply of fluid…you will go less frequently.

These are just a few helpful tips. You don’t need to implement all of them to reach your goal. Pick what works for you. Try one or two. Keep the ones that work for you in your regimen…get rid of the ones that don’t. Stay focused on reaching the end goal.

We are sure there are hundreds of other great tips out there too. If you have a good one, please share it with us…we love learning too! We can all get better together!

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Posted on July 21, 2012, in Nutrition, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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