There are two types of people in the world, those like Evan who can easily stay hydrated and drink tons of water without even noticing; and those like me who struggle to meet the minimum amount of water everyday. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re in the second group of people. So, below are the tips I have for staying hydrated.
Why Should You Stay Hydrated?
I’m not a nutritionist or a health expert, so I don’t know every reason why it’s important to stay hydrated. It’s just one of those things that you know you’re supposed to do in order to be healthy. Here’s a short article from Harvard on what hydration helps with, and how much you’re supposed to drink a day. In summary, it helps get bad things out of your body, and helps it function better. For doing other difficult things, check out our post on how to accomplish things you don’t want to do.
Buy an Awesome Water Bottle
This will vary depending on your taste. Water bottles are one of they keys to staying hydrated because most of us are on the go. For us, Brita water bottles make it easier to stay hydrated. If we’re somewhere like the gym where there’s no water fountains, we could fill up at the sink and not worry about what weirdness we might drink. I know a lot of people really love Hydrojugs. They aren’t filtered, but look pretty easy to use and clean. They’re also large, so that means less refills.
Stay Near a Bathroom When Starting
Eventually, your body will adjust to your hydration levels, but when you’re first starting out, you’ll have to pee a lot more frequently. If you have a tiny bladder like me, then you’re going to be in the bathroom often when you increase your water intake. So, I wouldn’t recommend starting to drink more water on a road trip for example. I work in a building where there’s a bathroom like 20 feet from my office, so it’s super easy to stay hydrated there without worrying about where or if I can access a bathroom.
Track Your Water Intake
This is my favorite tip. If you’re a big gym rat, you probably track your food, but do you track your water? It’s hard to stay hydrated if you don’t know how much you’re drinking a day. I use this app called Plant Nanny. While I was looking for the website, I discovered that there’s a second version, which I just downloaded. Anyway, Plant Nanny or Plant Nanny 2, are water tracking apps. You can input your weight and activity level, and it will tell you how much water to drink. Every time you log a cup, it helps your plant character grow. You can add reminders and customize your cup size. I find it a cute, helpful way to stay on track.
I incentivize staying hydrated. If I drink the amount of water I’m supposed to everyday for a week, I will buy myself boba on the weekend. Kind of an ironic choice to get a drink when I’m trying to drink more water, but it’s really just an excuse to get boba. It seems silly, but it helps. I picked something that isn’t expensive and won’t affect my bank account long term, but is enough of a treat that I’ll drink that extra cup of water just to get it. If you choose to incentivize staying hydrated, I would recommend not picking something like alcohol because then you have to drink even more water.
Staying hydrated is important for your health. It’s easier for some people to stay hydrated than others. Hope these tips help those of you who also struggle with it! Feel free to share your tips in the comments.