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Over the past couple of years, I've become a lot more health-conscious. Maybe turning 30 (GASP) struck some fear into my heart about taking better care of my body. Or maybe all those years of people saying "take care of your body, you only get one!" to me finally sunk in. Either way, I've tried to eat healthier, sleep more (when I can) and just generally be good to myself.
One of the simplest ways to take care of yourself is to make sure you're staying hydrated. Personally I find that I feel better (fewer headaches!) and look better (soft skin!) when I'm chugging down water on the regular. Even though it's relatively simple, I still used to struggle with it in the past... either I got bored with the taste of plain water, or just got distracted and forget to drink anything for hours. Not good! Today I'll be sharing a few of my techniques for dealing with water boredom and forgetfulness—and there's a coupon and fun sweepstakes in it for you too!
PLAIN WATER ISN'T THE ONLY ANSWER
If you are absolutely bored to death with plain water, I have some good news for you: Other liquids "count"! There's no reason you can't make things like juice, infused water and iced tea a part of your eight glasses per day. (Martinis don't count though, sorry.)
I try not to drink soda or pure juice too often, so for those daily like-water-but-not needs I often go for juice-infused drinks like Brasilia Blueberry Bai5 or "lighter" natural drinks like Vita Coco Pure coconut water to mix things up. And of course you can always seek out diet versions of your favorite beverages if you're watching your calorie intake—Diet Peach Tea Snapple tastes just as good as the regular version to me. No matter your flavor preference, remember this: You are a lot less likely to get bored with drinking something if you have variety, so keep a few different beverages on deck! And if you've already got a big stockpile of plain spring water, don't forget that you can easily jazz it up with lemon wedges or cucumber slices.
WATER IN ANOTHER FORM IS STILL WATER
Maybe you don't mind the taste of water, but constantly drinking feels like a nuisance to you. Here's a secret: You don't necessarily have to drink your water... you can freeze it! Juice, water infusions, iced tea (and even just plain old water) can easily be turned into ice pops with a plastic mold (or even an ice cube tray and some sticks). If the idea of licking water cubes sounds too ridiculous to you, try grinding up some ice cubes in your blender to make ice slush, then pour your favorite iced tea or fruit-flavored drink on top. Keeps things interesting, folks.
MAKE SURE IT'S ALWAYS WITH YOU
My issue isn't that I hate the taste of water—it's that I often forget to bring some with me when I'm working/running errands/doing whatever, and I'm too lazy or distracted to grab some once I've started whatever I'm doing. Solution: Keep water everywhere you do things. EVERYWHERE. Your desk, your backpack, your car. Wherever you usually exist or keep stuff. For example, I tossed a bottle of Fiji Water in the tote bag I usually bring with me to the post office:
That way there is a 0% chance I'll forget to bring water with me when I run my weekly errands. I also stuck a bottle next to my bed and another on my desk... if I can remember to bring another glass in with me when I start working, great. I'll drink that instead. But if not, the bottle is ready and waiting for me, zero effort required.
MAKE IT INTO A FUN GAME
I for one find it much easier to stay focused on goals and tasks if I keep lists, so I decided to make a liquids tracking printable. Click here to download a PDF version!
The average person should drink approximately eight/eight ounce glasses of liquid per day, so every time you drink eight ounces, cross out or color in one of the cups! Studies show that the first three weeks of forming a new habit are usually the most difficult, so print out three of these weekly trackers to kickstart your new hydration habit and put them somewhere you'll see them often. I stuck one on my bulletin board.
There's something very satisfying about being able to see your progress, no? And if you really need motivation, perhaps you can promise yourself some sort of reward for finishing a full week of water drinking. (New makeup or skincare to play with is usually a good motivator for me.)
If you need to stock your fridge with convenient drinks before you start tracking, be sure to print out this coupon for $0.50 off ONE (1) 16oz. or 18.5oz. Snapple® Tea or Juice Drink. There's also a $1.00 Ibotta rebate if you purchase one Snapple drink at the same time as a bottle of Vita Coco, Bai5, Neuro or Fiji. Check out this link for more information. You can find all of them in the beverage aisle of your local Walmart, near the bottled water!
If you're also into staying healthy and hydrated, be sure to enter this awesome contest—each week three winners will receive a $50 Walmart gift card and fitness tracker worth $150!
What are your favorite ways to stay hydrated? Do you take any other small steps to lead a healthier lifestyle? Let me know in the comments!
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