This weekend I treated myself to a spa day, and my esthetician complimented me on how my skin was so hydrated and how I didn’t have any forehead lines. It immediately reminded me that water was a topic I wanted to dive into on the blog since 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Most of my friends are shocked when they ask me how much water I drink a day, or when they ask me how much they need to drink. Let’s see if you’ll be just as shocked, and I’ll give you my 3 tips on how to drink more water.
On a normal day, I drink about a gallon and a half of water. For an athlete, I feel like that won’t shock most. However, whenever I’ve asked my friends how much water they drink, 9/10 times they say a bottle or two. The main side effects of not drinking enough water are headaches, dull skin, dry mouth, fatigue, bad breath, hunger, the list goes on. If you’re looking to lose weight, have glowing skin, and a healthy gut – let’s disclose how much water you NEED to drink.
A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150lbs, you’d need 75 oz of water a day. Now if you’re active, working out, that sort of kind of thing, I’d tell you to add another 12ish ounces to that. If you’re shocked – you’re not alone. If you’re thinking to yourself, “how can I drink that much water?!” or if you’re one of those people who “don’t like the taste of water” – here’s three ways I implemented to help reach my hydration goals.
Set a Reminder
Much like setting an alarm to wake up, some of us need reminders to drink throughout the day. Very commonly we have our heads down working and get caught up with tasks, which is totally understandable. A way to combat this is to set a reminder to drink a few ounces of water every half hour or so, whatever works for your schedule. This is a subtle way to get yourself into the habit of drinking more water throughout your workday.
There’s no rule in saying you can’t flavor your water to give it more of a taste if you’re someone who isn’t fond of plain water. An easy way to do this is using fresh fruit, mint, or cucumber – things of that nature, for a subtle refreshing taste. Or, if you’re like me and find that replacing the fruit every few hours is too much, you can always opt for flavored packets like Crystal Light. There’s tons that are sugar free, low/no-calorie, and even caffeinated!
If you’re like me and are a shopping motivated person, order a new bottle. You don’t need to splurge on a Hydroflask, personally, I opt for these 40oz bottles and keep one with me at all times. This helps me get my water in on the weekends when I’m out and about, plus, it’s good for the environment! Dump the plastic bottles and you’ll instantly be saving money, the planet, and on the road to glowing skin! Refill your bottle throughout the day or pack a couple for the workday and you’re already halfway to your goal of drinking more water since you’ll be prepared.
Those are my three tips on how to drink more water, and now you know now how much you need to drink in a day. Let me know if you have any other tips or questions!