Did you resolve to drink more water in 2020? If you didn’t set it as a New Year’s resolution, have you been thinking about the types of things you can do to improve your health this year? If you’re looking for something achievable, helpful and that will give many other healthy efforts a great head start, hydrating properly is definitely something to consider.
Why is Drinking More Water Important?
If you’re already hydrating properly, then drinking more water likely isn’t important to you. If you already drink enough of it, then having more won’t offer you much benefit. However, most of us are at least slightly dehydrated most of the time.
It’s true that the commonly quoted 8 glasses of water is a myth. That figure isn’t based on much. Moreover, it is thrown off by all sorts of external factors. After all, someone who is sitting sedentary in a room at the perfect comfortable temperature won’t need nearly as much water as someone who is active during the dead heat of the summer. Equally, someone who consumes many fruits and vegetables and who eats soups will gain water from what they eat. As a result, they won’t need to drink as much water to be hydrated.
Still, making sure you’re getting enough should still be a priority. The key is to have enough for your unique needs on any given day.
How to Stay More Hydrated Easily and Naturally
Drinking water doesn’t need to be difficult. It doesn’t have to involve chugging glass after glass until you can feel it sloshing around in your belly. It also doesn’t require you to lug around a massive jug of the stuff throughout your day, even if you have a long commute.
Instead, there are a few exceptionally easy steps you can take to be sure you’re drinking more water on a regular basis. It doesn’t take long to work these into your daily habits so that you don’t even need to think about them anymore. Use the following to get started:
- Fill your glass or water bottle first thing in the morning and bring it with you or sit it next to you.
- Refill your water bottle whenever you’re already near a faucet, such as at break or mealtimes, or even when you take a quick bathroom break.
- Sip your water all day long. Even if you’re also drinking coffee. Have your water next to it and sip, sip, sip.
- Make drinking more water less dull by adding a bit of lemon, lime, grapefruit, crushed cranberries, thyme or even cinnamon.