If there’s one excuse that can get me out of running at the gym, it’s this one: Wow, I forgot to drink water today.
If I say those magical words, Nate will nod his head in sympathy and encourage me to do better tomorrow. Because we both know that running dehydrated is a form of torture and leaves one gasping for air… and energy.
Trust me, I know. I’ve run miles on empty before and not only were they the most difficult miles I had ever run, I also was left with a severe headache and muscle aches. So not worth it!
Now that I’m looking for motivation to go to the gym — instead of excuses — I really have to make sure that I’m drinking enough water on a daily basis. And for me, that’s hard. There are people (I won’t mention any names but her name starts with ‘Sarah’ and she’s the author of The Flying Onion) who drink water like it’s going out of style. I mean, that girl (again, not mentioning any names) walks around like her water bottle is permanently attached to her hand, and she guzzles it like some state employees eat donuts.
I’m unfortunately not like that. Drinking water is a chore for me. A task that I have to encourage myself to complete. On the other hand, it’s a ‘chore’ that has some amazing benefits.
Water is tasteless and colorless, but it really is a miracle liquid. From helping with metabolism (and weight loss), to plumping and clearing the skin on your face (making you look healthier and younger), to giving you energy to complete a workout, and even to aiding digestion… It’s the fountain of youth without the spending of hundreds of dollars.
So here are some tips that I use to encourage myself to drink enough water:
**Keep score — I’m such a geek sometimes, but I love checking off lists or giving myself points. On my calendar, I add a check for each glass of water I drink. It helps me stay focused and motivated.
**Flavor it — I’m not fan of going over-board on all those water-flavoring packets out there, but they’re great to add some variety. (There are even some that are now made without the fake sugars).
**Make it look pretty — Food often first draws us by its appearance, and water can be aesthetically pleasing too. Store it in a glass pitcher in the fridge and add some lemon, lime, or cucumber slices. (The fruit will not only make it look pretty, but it’ll also add a hint of flavor).
**Think like my sister — I’m serious. You’ll never see her anywhere without her water bottle. If you constantly have a water bottle with you and take sips of it throughout the day, you’ll be surprised at how much water you drank. And after awhile, it becomes a healthy habit.
**Don’t put too much pressure on yourself — As with anything, take baby steps, celebrate the successes, and try to focus on doing a little bit better every day. The usual rule of thumb is that adults should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day.
Do you have some tips to share that help you drink enough water?