17th June 2016 | Blog
5 Tips For Drinking More Water
5 Tips For Drinking More Water
I used to be one of those people who hated water and everyone used to say ‘but how can you hate water, it has no taste?’ But to me, it did and I really didn’t like it. Before I started on my healthier lifestyle, I hardly drank any water at all instead favouring juices filled with lots of sugar to keep me hydrated. And, of course, we all know how bad those can be for us. I definitely wasn’t drinking enough and I knew that but I just couldn’t bring myself to drink more.
Now, I love water and I really can’t believe that I went so long not drinking it. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had a fizzy drink because I just don’t crave them anymore now that I am properly hydrated and have discovered how wonderful water is (not to mention how much money it saves drinking tap water instead of buying juices!). Drinking enough water makes me feel amazing and I know this because when I don’t drink enough I don’t feel so amazing. It’s really incredible that something as simple as making sure you drink at least two litres a day can do such wonders for how you feel. It did take me a while to get my water intake up because it just wasn’t natural for me to drink that much. I promise you will feel so much better for it, though, so here are my top five tips for ways to drink more water (and feel amazing).
- Make yourself drink it !
I started off by making myself drink water regularly because I knew I wouldn’t do it without consciously thinking about it. I used to set myself little goals throughout the day to make sure I was drinking enough – a glass before breakfast, another 500ml before lunch, 500ml between lunch and dinner, 500ml during my workout at the gym and a glass with dinner. Sometimes I didn’t want to drink it but I would make myself do it because I knew I would feel better for it afterwards. After a few weeks of doing this drinking water become a part of my routine and I just did it without having to think about it, my body had gotten so used to all the water that it craved it.
- Always have a bottle with you
I find that if I have water with me then I tend to drink it. At work I always have a bottle on my desk and drink it throughout the day just because it’s there. At home I have a glass of water beside me and whenever I go out I take a bottle with me. I think that having water in your sight all the time serves as a gentle reminder that you need to drink it, and will do so because it’s there.
- Keep a glass of water beside your bed
There are two reasons for doing this. The first is that it means if you wake up in the middle of the night and are really thirsty then you don’t need to get up to get a drink, but the main reason is so that when you wake up in the morning you have a glass of water ready to drink without even having to leave your bed. I do this every night and the first thing I do when I wake up is drink the whole glass. It really helps to wake me up and rehydrates me from the eight or so hours I have been without water. I love it and I’d definitely recommend you doing it too.
- Drink more herbal and fruit teas
Sometimes drinking a lot of water can be hard on a colder day so drinking herbal or fruit teas can be a great way to get your water intake up. It also gives you a little change from plain water as well as giving you some added health benefits because I’m sure we all know how incredible green tea is for us (especially T-Plus with all its added vitamins and super yummy flavours).
- Try infused water
If you’re anything like I used to be and can’t stand drinking plain water, or if you just fancy something a little bit different, then infused water is for you. Simply fill a jug, glass or one of those fancy infuser bottles with water, add in some fruit and leave it to infuse for a few hours in the fridge. My favourite is lemon and lime water but you can put just about anything in to create a really nice refreshing twist on plain water.
I really hope these tips have been helpful to you. Water is so, so important and by drinking enough you can make such a big difference to how you feel, so why wouldn’t you?