Fitness Friday: Water Makes it All Better… or mostly better

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?

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8 Responses to Fitness Friday: Water Makes it All Better… or mostly better

  1. I am so with you on this! When I was a little girl, I NEVER drank enough water and I was always having health problems. I remember one night my dad pouring out eight small glasses of water in a row on the table, and I had to drink them all. Water was just never a high priority for me as a kid (or even now).
    For me, I like to make it a game, so if I really didn’t do well that day, then I would playing a drinking game with one of the shows I would watch that night (easy ones that have catch phrases are the best). Instead of alcohol, I would do water. It’s amazing how much liquid you can get down in one show!

  2. I drink water because I’m bored at work. I go through about 2 litres at the office and another at home. I find it easier to drink when it’s really cold (or really hot, like tea).
    You can flavour your water with just lemon and lime without having to add those sugar-free flavour packets to it. I don’t do this, but some people like it.

  3. Sarah says:

    Haha…I really do drink water like it’s going out of style. For me, it’s simply a response to thirst. I like to constantly have something cold to drink and it makes me feel more awake and energetic throughout the day.

    I didn’t used to be like that though. I was always in awe of how much water dad drank and then sort of started drinking one extra glass a day until it eventually became two quarts. Baby steps work for me! 😀

    A quote I just read: “Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital,” Julia Child

  4. First off let me say that I just filled up my water bottle after reading this! 🙂
    I for one do NOT like the taste of water! But, I do love setting goals for myself so I usually pick certain times of the day to have a full bottle of water finished by. I usually say, one by 10am, on by 1pm, one by 4pm, and maybe one more before bed. I have been really bad about it lately so thanks for the reminder to press on! 😉

  5. sarahnsh says:

    Yup, gotta admit, I drank a whole cup of my Starbucks plastic cup of water after I read this too. I’m pretty good about drinking water at home, it’s at work that I really fail at it. Lots of times I’m behind in the day, my next client is ready to be taken back, so I just throw my room back together, do what I need to, and I don’t reach for my bottle when I should.
    And, strangely, I can drink more water if it’s lukewarm than cold. Cold water is it just more difficult for me to drink more of in one sitting.

  6. jelillie says:

    PAstor Brad is like the unnamed Sarah!

  7. Paige says:

    I agree–once I bought a water bottle that I love for its aesthetics and function, my water consumption skyrocketed! Now it’s covered in funky stickers and goes with me everywhere, like my laptop. It only cost $5 and I no longer use plastic bottles, so it’s even good for the environment. Go figure. 🙂

  8. meg says:

    Yes! I’m a pretty good water drinker most of the time. Get a water bottle that you really like– I like ones with straws/sip tops because apparently I’m 5. Here’s another one that’s sort of gross but a good way to keep track: check your pee!

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