Spring Cleaning for your Body: Simple Ways to Make Hydration Part of Your Everyday Health Routine
You’ve heard it time and time again – water is crucial to your overall health routine and it’s important to be hydrated year round. And between checking your Instagram feed and actually getting on with life who has the time to keep track. That’s where making it a part of your everyday routine is key , and why not make it fun while you’re at it? Who says water has to be so blah – read on to up your water game, your body will thank you!
Water represents two thirds of our body weight and is by far the single most important component of the human body. Factors such as age, sex and body fat content determine the actual percentage from one person to the next. What we do know for sure is those that drink enough water support their metabolism by controlling calories and are actively helping their body flush toxins out of vital organs. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired – give yourself a boost with some simple H2O.
The amount of water you need to drink each day depends on age, gender, food choices, activity, weather and health conditions. In general, you should aim for 1 quart of water for every 50 pounds of body weight, or 3 quarts a day for a 150-pound person. I don’t know about you but I’m not the best at applying my math skills unless it’s a sale at Saks, so how do you go about making sure you’re getting enough? Applying a new routine seems to have the best luck in threes, so here are three suggestions to help you kick-start your water ways.
Three Ways to Boost Your Water Intake
1. Carry a bottle you love. Make it simple or fancy, that’s up to you, but think about what you lug around on the regular and how a water bottle could fit in easily. Lighter if you tend to walk everywhere, and larger if you tend to be on the go more often with less time for refills. Keeping it in your handbag or at your desk on the daily will make you use it – in your sight, on your mind.
2. Stock the fridge – or your desk! You’ve got that drawer of munchies, why not add some bottles of water to the mix? One friend of mine actually swapped out her afternoon coffee for club soda. Carbonated Water is not only a good way to stay hydrated, but it can give you that bit of a boost in the afternoon particularly if you have the flavoured variety, without the caffeine boost that can lead to sleeplessness later on. Sparkling waters like club soda are the low sodium, unsweetened better-for-your-health beverage than their pop and coffee counterparts, not to mention so refreshing!
3. Create mental triggers to keep you on track. One of the easiest ways to regulate or increase your water consumption is to create mental triggers like having a glass after every bathroom break, or having a glass at the top of every hour. Even with an 8 hour work day you will have your 8 glasses complete! And once your body and skin gets accustomed to the constant and consistent hydration, it will be part of your every day activity in no time. With all the benefits of still water, you have every reason to make this easy commitment to a healthier you.