We all know we’re supposed to drink a certain amount of water each day. We also know that a large percent of people do not drink enough water. What is the suggested daily water intake? I can answer that for you – half your body weight in ounces is how much water you should be drinking daily. For example, if you are 150 pounds you should be drinking roughly 75 ounces of water a day.
“Now that sounds like a lot of water”is probably what you’re thinking. But if you get in the habit, it’s not as hard as it sounds. Drinking the correct amount of water each day will help you lose weight, stay healthy, and provide you with more energy.
Here are some tips for increasing your water intake –
1. Drink a glass of water right when you wake up
The best way to start the day is drinking water. This will wake you up and help you feel ready for the day. While you are sleeping, you become dehydrated throughout the night, so drinking a glass of water right when you wake up will replenish you.
2. Plan it out
You don’t have to plan it out exactly. But make a broad timeline in your head that will help encourage yourself to keep sipping throughout the day. For example, plan to finish your first water bottle by 10 a.m. and then your second by 1 p.m. This will help you stay on track. Once you get used to this plan it will become part of your routine.
3. Add fruits and citrus
Some people have a problem drinking water because they don’t like drinking something that doesn’t have a flavor. Adding lemon to your water will give you the flavor satisfaction without all of the added sugars in sodas and teas. Note: Adding flavoring bought from stores is not good for you. Use natural ingredients to flavor your water so you know exactly what you are drinking.
4. Use straws
For some reason using a straw makes us drink more. Purchasing a plastic cup with a straw is a must. Not only does a straw make it easier to drink because you don’t have to open anything, but it also is tempting to drink out of when you’re bored.
5. Buy trendy reusable water bottles
Camelbacks, Swells, Yetis, whatever floats your boat. Purchase a couple of water bottles that fit your style. This will encourage you drink more water because you’ll want to use your cool new water bottle.