Water is essential for energy levels, physical performance, fighting illnesses and absorbing nutrients. Try these 3 hacks to up your water intake and feel amazing
Benefits of Water
Increases energy levels
Increases physical performance
Protects tissues, spinal cord and joints
Increases mood and alertness
Helps excrete waste
Helps lose weight
I just wanted to re-literate the benefits of water before I walk you through the hacks, if you're after more benefits, check out this post by Health line
Before skipping to the hacks just have a quick think;
The human body is around 60% water
The human organs make up around 80% water
Think about it. We're big sacks of water..
We're like one of those camel hydration packs long distance runners wear but with arms, legs and a head
So if we aren't constantly focusing on hydrating ourselves we can't possibly give each and everyday our 100%
Integrate these simple tricks into your day-day life and I PROMISE you will feel 10x better
Let's get to it!
1. Add Flavour
Pretty simple right? You probably saw that coming?
But it's a great hack!
I like water, I think it tastes delicious, but that's not to say I fancy it all the time
I always carry a big bottle of water on me wherever I go, this way I can always keep on top of my hydration levels when I'm out and about (you should be doing this too!)
But at home I usually drink sugar-free squash or occasionally herbal teas
I find drinking 2 litres of flavoured water a day a lot more interesting and a hell-of-a lot easier to get in than tap water
I will also occasionally pour myself a huge pint-sized mug of peppermint or green tea as I find this a really easy way to consume lots of water
(Not to mention green and peppermint tea have plenty of their own health benefits!)
3 Ways To Add Flavour To Your Water
Sugar-free squash or juices
Sliced fresh fruit like lemon, lime, cucumber, cranberries or mint
2. Set Reminders
I've found that smartphones are by far one of the best tools for creating habits and changing your lifestyle
After a 30 second search I found 10+ apps designed to help you consume more water
The app that I used to use is called "Daily Water - Drink Reminder" - and it does exactly what it says on the tin
It's not fancy, but it doesn't need to be
It just needs to get you into the habit of consuming more water and the fact it's free is pretty handy too!
You can also set alerts on Google Calendar like I do. I just get a silent notification to go off every few hours simply saying "Drink Water"
If I haven't already got a bottle in my hand, I will very quickly after seeing that
3. Create A Routine
If you're aware of it or not, we all have our day-to-day routines
The human body loves and thrives off a routine
So we can build-in water pit stops throughout our day
Set yourself a goal of drinking a pint of water with breakfast, lunch, dinner and a pint while you're working out
This is a great starting point as most of you will already have those daily routines - all you need to do is add to it
So when you wake up and grab your breaky - just grab a glass of water too!
By breaking down your goal of 2 litres into bitesize chunks you'll find it much easier to stick to
At the end of the day, the human body is one giant sack of water that requires constant upkeep
Think of it like a fish tank with a crack in one corner, the water slowly trickling out
For the fish to remain happy, healthy and alive they need the water to remain at a high level
Unfortunately less than 1% of the UK realise this and walk around in a constant un-hydrated state - don't let this be you!
Go grab some water right now!