We all know we need to drink more water. When we feel mopey or sluggish, we talk to our friends about needing to drink more water. Our bodies plead with us through our subconscious, "Water, now, please!"
Perhaps you have that well-hydrated friend, the one with water bottle always in tow and a peppy smile on their face. They've figured it out...so why can't you?
Something that is simple, important and difficult to do is a habit waiting to be formed—like getting into a water-guzzling rhythm that you don't even have to think about.
Here's how to form your new water habit:
- Get your water bottle. With a straw, with a lid, metal, plastic (BPA free), grass-fed, organic—whatever floats your boat. Just make sure it's portable, durable and functional for you! If you're not going to use it, don't buy it.
- Make a goal. You've heard 8 glasses a day growing up, some say a gallon a day. Somewhere between a half and a full gallon each day is a great place to start.
- Track your water intake. Put a paper on the fridge, or carve out a section on your whiteboard, or use an app on your phone to track each day as you go how many ounces of water you drink throughout the day, then total at the end to see how you do.
- Regroup. You're going to have desert days. It's okay. Take a few minutes at the end of the day to think through why you didn't drink enough water. Did you forget your water bottle? Did you ignore your body? Did you fill up on juice or milk? Course correct and keep going.
- Commit. Habits take time to form, some say a couple weeks or a few months. Stick with tracking and regrouping until you see consistency, and then you'll know you've formed a lasting water habit! You did it!
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