Though winter in California has basically been non-existent, the cooler weather has made it hard for me to stay properly hydrated. Staying hydrated has many benefits for the entire body, ranging from helping with digestion, increasing energy levels, reduce bloating and lubricating joints – but all those benefits are hard to remember when I’m reaching for a warm latte instead of a water bottle. There are plenty of tips for staying hydrated, but I notice some work better for me than others.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
Now that it’s spring and warmer, it’s easier to go for the water – but it’s still a work in progress! Whether you’re like me and not getting enough water or you want to increase your water intake, here are a few tips for staying hydrated to help make it a bit easier:
- Always have a bottle of water around you – For me, it’s easier to drink water when it’s within my reach. If your goal is to drink 64 ounces of water, fill it up in the morning and place it on your desk and sip from it throughout the day. You can also make other goals, such as drinking a certain number of ounces by a specific time each day. Motivational Bottle makes some good options to help you keep track!
- Drink eight ounces of water when you feel hungry – Sometimes hunger is confused for thirst, so a good way to check is to drink about 8-16 ounces of water before grabbing a meal or snack. Not only do you get in hydration, but you’ll likely eat less during your next snack or meal if it did turn out to be hunger.
- Place a water bottle next to your bed – Upon waking, drink eight ounces of water. It will help move things along and get you started on the right track with your hydration. I do notice that it helps my energy first thing in the morning, rather than sitting around groggy until I make some espresso.
- Always hydrate when exercising – Before, during and after your workout be sure to drink water. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, sip on a bottle before, during and after – if I still have any water left in my bottle after a workout I love to finish it off while sitting in the dry sauna!
- Look for hydrating foods – You don’t have to get all your hydration from water alone. Though you should still track your water intake, you can increase hydration by choosing water-based fruits and vegetables for snacks. Look for foods with a high water content, such as cucumber, zucchini, celery, watermelon and strawberries.
If you’re trying to increase your water intake, start small and slowly increase each week. I find it very difficult to go from minimal water to a gallon a day! Instead of giving up, I focus on drinking 24 ounces, then 36 ounces and so on until I get to 64 ounces a day. Once it becomes more of a habit you can increase to the amount you’re comfortable with daily – follow these tips for staying hydrated to feel better on the inside and outside!
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