As a kid you were taught the importance of staying hydrated. Even though we know how vital it is to hydrate our bodies, many of us slack off in this area. It's hard to replenish with H20 when there are plenty of other beverages out there. Or maybe choosing water isn’t the problem for you, but remembering to drink it is the hard part. Implement these fun tips to hold you accountable to reach your water intake goals!
Eat your water
The first thing that comes to mind when staying hydrated is to drink water. Although water is a clear choice, you can eat fruits and vegetables with high water content to help you meet your hydration needs. While there are many fruits and vegetables that have a solid water supply, here are the ones that are made up of more than 90% water: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, broccoli, spinach, celery, tomatoes and cucumber.
Jazz it up with natural flavors
One-third of Americans agree that they don’t drink enough water because they’d rather have a flavored beverage. The answer to this problem is to get creative with natural water flavors by adding fruits and veggies to your water. Try some of these tasty fruit-infused water recipes:
•Strawberry, lemon and basil
•Watermelon and mint
•Orange and blueberry
•Mango and ginger
•Strawberry, lime and mint
The best thing about adding fruit to water is that you can make it how you like it! Add your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs for a refreshing and healthy beverage.
Make a reward system
Who doesn’t like prizes? Keep the motivation alive by rewarding yourself every time you drink 64 ounces. If you don't have something to look forward to you're more likely to plateau and give up on your healthy habits. Add $5 to a jar at the end of each week, get that new gym outfit or treat yourself with to a scoop of ice cream. Do whatever makes you happy and pushes you to stick to your goals.
Buy a water bottle you actually like
The more you like the way something looks, the more likely you are to use it. Odds are you will drink from a water bottle with a fun design more than a clear, plastic bottle from the gas station. You can use it more than once which makes it an environmental and financially smart investment as well!
Download an app to keep you accountable
Plant Nanny reminds you to chug some H20 while growing a cute plant right from your phone. For every cup of water you drink, you log it in Plant Nanny and watch your adorable plant grow. The app tracks your drinking history every day which helps you establish healthy drinking habits.
No matter what’s keeping you from being at the top of your hydration game, these tips are a sure way to help you get there. Above all else, remember the importance of keeping your body healthy, hydrated and thriving!