It can be hard to get in your recommended amount of H20, especially if you are not a water lover. I started drinking more water after the birth of my daughter out of necessity, a.k.a. breastfeeding. Even then, I rarely gave a thought to the quantity I was drinking. When I started running is when I really started guzzling. Now on an average day I drink anywhere from 60 to 80 oz. of water. On intense cardio or run days that number is even more. It is not easy to get that much water in, so here are some of my tips for getting started with healthy hydration!
1.) Water Bottles
I NEVER leave home without a water bottle, period. Even if it is a quick run to the store. I always have it with me. Before I run in, take a sip. Driving, take a sip. Whenever I am idle I am constantly trying to hydrate. I recommend investing in a good quality, leak-proof bottle, preferably bpa free glass. That way you can throw it in your bag if your hands are full and avoid a mess. Trust me on this, I peak from experience! I have a 20 oz. Zulu glass bottle that I absolutely adore! It has a silicone sleeve and an easy open, leak-proof lid. This is important as well, if you want it to be easier to drink more water, the water has to be easily accessible.
The key is to set yourself up for hydration success. On days that I know I will be away from home for longer periods I always bring a back-up bottle (or two) with me. If you know you will be heading out early the next morning, fill your bottles up the night before and store them in the fridge, that way you can grab and go!
2.) Flavor it Up
Don’t like the plain, boring taste of water? Add a little flavor! If sliced lemon just isn’t your thing, add slices of your favorite fruit to flavor it up. I find it best to let the fruit soak in overnight so that the flavors really seep in to the water. There are all kinds of bottles on the market now for adding a fruit infusion to your water. Another option is to slice up your favorite fruits and add to a pitcher of water, then strain when pouring. This can also motivate you to drink more as it will only stay fresh for a couple of days in your fridge, so drink up!
3.) Add a Little Sparkle
Sparkling spring water, or seltzer water is a great way to mix it up without any calories or artificial sweeteners. It can be an acquired taste if you are used to sugary sodas, but try it a few times and you can grow to love it as much as I have. The downside of these carbonated beverages is that they can sometimes make you feel bloated, so be sure to enjoy in moderation and mix it up throughout the day with other H20 beverages. The plus side is that they come in a wide variety of flavors, so you can continuously mix it up, and they bonus as a low-calorie cocktail mixer!
4.) Tea Time
Brew a large pot of your favorite tea, let it cool, and keep in a pitcher in your fridge for another healthy hydration method. In the summer I love making a large pot of green iced tea and mixing with 1/2 of a cucumber, sliced, and a few mint leaves to make a refreshing treat.
I have to say that getting started on my fitness journey has really helped me stay on track with my water intake. There are some days that I have less intake than others. The point is to listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Start sipping more throughout the day, and soon it will become a habit. Happy hydration!