How to Hydrate
In the health and fitness world, we are constantly reminded about the importance of water. Your body is made up of over 60% water and it is essential to life. Among other things, water can aid in weight loss by helping to prevent overeating, it can assist with blood circulation, nutrient transportation and absorption, it helps your muscles stay supple and ensures your cells function properly.
For all of these reasons and more, it is extremely important to make sure you are consuming enough water. But that’s often easier said than done. Here are some of our top suggestions for drinking more water.
Drink water-based beverages
Tea is a great way to stay hydrated without drinking boring old water. So is coconut water. Sugar and calorie free waters such as Hint or Lacroix are also popular options. Even coffee can help. Caffeine, when consumed in large doses, can act as a diuretic, which can cause dehydration, but the rumor that coffee dehydrates you, is largely a myth.
Eat your fruits and vegetables
A person can consume approximately 20% of their daily water intake through the food they eat. Fruits and vegetables are particularly good choices to help you stay hydrated. opt for items like: watermelon, cantaloupe, celery, lettuce, and cucumbers.
Try out an app or tracker
In previous blog posts, we discussed how wearables can help you with everything from how many calories you burn to how much water you consume. Trackers such as Fitbit and MyFitnessPal allow you to log your water for the day to give you a better visual understanding of how much you drink.
Use a fancy water bottle...
This bottle, the Hidrate Spark, was also mentioned in our blog post about wearables (yes, I know it’s not actually wearable, but you should keep your water bottle nearby at all times). The bottle lights up to remind you when it’s time to take another drink and to celebrate with you when you have hit your daily water intake goal. It connects to an app on your phone so you can track your progress over time.
...Or a not so fancy water bottle
Not interested in spending the money on a new water bottle, but want to increase your water consumption? Any bottle will do! You can buy a plastic gallon jug at your local convenience and use a permanent marker to specify how much water you would like to consume by particular times throughout the day to hold yourself accountable.
Drink at each meal (or at other set times)
It’s always easy to remind yourself to drink water when it becomes a habit alongside something else, like meal times or bathroom breaks. Use these times to drink a glass of water as well.
Make drinking fun
Use the strategies above to make drinking water more fun, or take it up a notch by playing a drinking game with water. Yes, I do mean one of those drinking games. But instead of beer, use water instead. You can play this game with yourself or with some of your other hydration conscious friends. For example, make up rules for yourself when you are watching a TV show like “take a sip of water when X says X” and so on. Give it a try!
But just as a warning, there is such a thing as drinking too much water. So listen to your body. Drink when you are thirsty and don’t force yourself to drink more than you feel comfortable with. Do, however, remember to drink consistently throughout your workouts, especially when you are sweating and remember to rehydrate afterwards.
Have any hydration strategies that we might have missed? Let us know in the comments below!