Train yourself to drink more water!
Easy to implement tips and tricks
to increase your daily water intake.
The other day, one of my friends mentioned she was having a hard time meeting her daily water intake goals. Earlier this year, I had to teach my son my tips and tricks to train himself to drink more water. Since her post the other day, I realized that many of you struggle to figure out how to drink more water, so I thought I’d share them with you as well!
A lot of the tricks and tips I picked up from my years of visiting urologists and nephrologists. There are many reasons why you would want to increase your daily drinking amount. The benefits of drinking water vary from improving your skin, to flushing your system of toxins, to even helping maintain your body temperature.
I’m not a doctor, and you should only take advice from qualified medical personnel. I do however have the habit of drinking lots of water. It was a learned skill that anyone can master if they take the time and effort.
If you are asking yourself, “How much water should I drink a day”, you should talk with your doctor and find the amount you are both comfortable with. Your amount will depend on many things. Since I have kidney stones, my amount is a bit more than the average person. If you’re very active, if you live in a hot climate, if you are a big guy or a petite woman – those will all vary the amount you’ll want to drink.
5 Tips and Tricks to Increasing Your Daily Water Intake
1. Pace yourself
I often tell people learning to drink more water is a lot like running a marathon. You wouldn’t just one day decide to go outside and run 26+ miles. You also shouldn’t just start drinking as much water as you possibly can. It will be a shock to your system. In fact, some people have made themselves very sick by drinking too much in too little of a time period. You don’t want that to happen!
The best way is to increase the amount slowly over a period of a few weeks. Remember, this is a habit. The longer and more intentional you are with it, the more likely you will retain the habit. Start by adding 8-12 oz of water every week or so until you have reached your target amount.
2. Find your preference
I’m particularly fond of room temperature water. My mom prefers very cold water. My son- he likes lemon slices in it. I think it’s easier to drink a large glass of water in one fell swoop, while others prefer to sip. These are all personal choices. Just like with any other habit, if you do what you like, you are more likely to stick with it. Since I drink warm water, I can just keep my FIJI Water right on the shelf, ready to go.
3. Your Timing Is Everything
One tip I took from a urologist is to drink a big glass of water right after getting up in the morning. It means you’ve already knocked out the start of your daily goal and it gets things headed in the right direction. You don’t want to wait until the end of the day to meet your daily goal, or you’ll be up all night using the restroom.
Well, that’s another thing. When you drink a lot of water, you will have that side effect. So not only do you train yourself to drink water, you train yourself to use the restroom right before you leave. HA! It’s important to stay hydrated when flying, so I had to get over my phobia of getting out a plane seat. In the end, this little inconvenience is worth the benefits drinking water provides.
4. Take Water Everywhere You Go
I have a bottle of water every place I go. There aren’t that many places anymore that don’t allow it. It’s so nice to be able to have one waiting in my car for me. If I have it with me, I have no excuse not to drink it. I also have a little dish in my car for my co-pilot. Dogs get thirsty too!
Being able to just grab a FIJI Water right before I leave is a huge convenience for me. I don’t have to worry about digging a container out of the cabinet, if the store will have any stocked, or worry about washing a container later. The on-the-go convenience means I have no excuse to not have one in my cup holder!
5. Make It As Accessible As Possible
I’m not gonna lie. Cases of water are heavy. After my surgery, I was told not to lift anything heavier than a milk jug. So that meant if I was going to buy water, I’d have to make sure when of my boys were with me to lift it in the cart for me. Even if I did have a grocery store worker help me, once I got home, someone had to be there to carry it in.
Then I discovered home delivery. How amazing is it for me to get FIJI Water delivered straight to my front doorstep. FIJI Water is bottled at the source in Fiji, and home delivery is available in the continental United States for free.
My husband absolutely adores the taste of FIJI Water, so he is just as thrilled as I am when the delivery arrives. Over 60 countries in the world enjoy FIJI Water, so my hubs is not alone. Not only did he not have to lug it home, but we save money by ordering online. He loves to grab the 700mL when he is headed to the gym – it’s just the right size!
If you’re like my friend and are looking to increase your water intake – I hope these tips and tricks have been helpful. I believe everyone can train themselves to drink more water every day. Having FIJI Water delivered straight to your home has been a lifesaver for us, and I think you’d love it too! If you have home delivery, I’d love to hear what you think about it! Drop me a comment below!
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