Drinking More Water: Tricking yourself into the habit
Water, water, water! Why is that all that these health nuts and fitness freaks talk about these days? Because water is crucial to being human. We’re made up of so much water that we’re basically cucumbers with anxiety. But water is so… boring. It’s so plain. Like the color grey. Or unsalted peanuts. How do you trick yourself into drinking more water, and believing that you actually enjoy it? Here are a few tips on how to drink more water when you’d rather eat canned spinach.
Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water: The cheater’s method
- Write yourself a reminder to yourself to drink more water. Stick it onto your fridge door.
If you have small children, tell them to remind you. Hire a few teenage girls to follow you around judging you when you reach for a soda, or a milkshake, or a shot of tequila. Sweet talk your coworkers or your partner into calling you out when you don’t meet your goal.
- Take it slow! If you’re not used to drinking much water, get used to it gradually. Make your goal attainable, then raise the bar when you’ve reached it. Aim for a glass a day. Now go drink that glass. Progress!
- Spread your water intake throughout the day. Don’t try to drink it all at once! Drink a full glass of water to start the day with a bang, have a glass 30 minutes before you eat, and if you’re really being stubborn, eat some spicy food that will make you run for the tap!
- Keep a jug of water in the fridge. I enjoy my water to be chilled.
- Also keep a cool, fun bottle with you at all times. I love my 64-ounce water bottle because it helps me know exactly how much water I have (or have not) been drinking that day.
- Try adding sliced lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, strawberry, kiwi, cucumber, or a sprig of mint for a refreshing drink with flavor.
- Add a splash of juice to your glass of water for just a hint of sweetness. Cranberry, grape, or pineapple are all delicious! Freshly squeezed lemon juice is a great option. And it’s also my favorite!
- Make fruit ice cubes! You can cut up fruit and freeze them in ice trays, or you can make ice cubes out of juice!
- Foods should make up around 20% of your daily water needs. Make sure you eat your fruits and vegetables as these are high in water content.
- Finally, make sure you track your progress. Get a calendar specifically for your goals and give yourself a gold star every time you succeed. If you ever need motivation, just take a look at your winning streak! Don’t break that chain!
Do you have any tips we can add to our list? What’s your favorite way to trick yourself into drinking more water?