Maintaining good hydration is crucial to maintaining good health.
A fish can't breathe without water, and we can’t live without it either!
Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to stay healthy both physically and mentally, but most of us are dehydrated without realising it!
Water makes up approximately 60% of body and it's the most important nutrient for health, growth, and development, for everyone!
In a nutshell, dehydration happens when you’ve lost too much water in your body without replacing it.
It then impacts your body in different ways and prevents it from performing its normal functions.
Take a look at some of these symptoms of dehydration:
Energy levels decrease
Lower concentration levels
Slow reaction time
Staying hydrated is super important. Why go about life with a battery that's half full. Get that water down you and live life to the max.
Here are some super simple ideas to drink more water:
Idea number 1
Find out how much water you drink on a day-to-day basis.
It's a double whammy win - it makes you more aware of the amount of water you're drinking and naturally encourages you to drink more as you're keeping track.
Take a look at our food and mood log. It may help you keep track of what you eat and drink each day.
Feel free to save and print it out. It's a really useful tool to add to your kit!
We have got plenty more unique food & mood logs that we send to all of our clients on the Healthy Habits online workshop. You'll get one for each week, plus loads more in the welcome packs through the post. Click the link for more information on the Healthy Habits bundle.
Idea number 2
Get yourself a giant water bottle!
Take it to work, to the gym, take it around with you everywhere. Your goal is to drink the whole thing by the end of each day.
Not got one? Either use an old empty squash bottle (or whatever else you drink) or click the link to grab one on Amazon, it'll be the best investment in yourself this year!
Idea number 3
Set alarms on your phone.
Life is hectic, we get that. Working through a long day can make you forget the basic necessities, like keeping yourself hydrated.
The idea is pretty simple, use your favourite alarm app on your phone to set daily reminders to get away from your desk, or whatever you are doing and guzzle down a glass of water.
Some people are ok with drinking whenever they're thirsty, where others may find it helpful to get a little push every two hours or so, especially as life is a million miles an hour.
Choose your tunes wisely - if you pick a good song it may very well encourage some sneaky dance moves along the way - and guess what? You'll burn some more calories that way too! Winning.
idea number 4
Water can be bland sometimes, and it's so easy to spruice it up a little by carrying those squeezy squash pots in your bag. Instant taste sensation - and they're zero calorie too!
idea number 5
Have a glass of water with every meal.
Not only does this help with the hydration situation, but it also helps keep you fuller for longer. This is awesome to stop any mindless munching.
It doesn't have to be a big glass, just any glass of water will do. Every little helps!
idea number 6
Don't just take water out with you - DRINK IT :)
We've seen so many people make the effort to lug a bottle of water with them, but never drink it! If you've taken it with you it's there to drink. You'll feel awesome afterwards!
idea number 7
Want another way to keep track of your water intake? Get a sharpie, and get creative!
Mark clearly on your water bottle a line at every glass-full (250ml) of water you can pour in. Or you could do other distance lines - it's completely up to you! Mark these lines with the time you'd like to finish your glass by for a visual reminder - it really helps!
Keep your bottle with you and see if you can stay on track with your hydration goals. You could even add some motivational quotes to yourself for along the way.
And that's that! Staying hydrated is super important, so get on it!