So now that we know a little bit more about why we should switch to water. How can we do it? Last week’s tip to change 1 other drink per day, whether coffee or pop, to a cup of water is a simple swap that can help get us started. Once you switch one, then another, then most of your fluid intake is now water. The dominoes are falling. Now we want to talk about some other factors that can help us build our water drinking habit. The biggest recommendation I make to clients is to….
Invest In A Good Water Bottle
Yes, I am one of those people that takes my water bottle everywhere with me, and I’m hoping you will be too. It is a great way to ensure that when I am thirsty, I do not even have to think twice. My water bottle is always ready and available. As I sit typing this, my water bottle is within arms reach. If I didn’t have a water bottle, I would just sit here thirsty until I was done or needed a distraction for a few minutes. Things that are difficult or seem like a hassle are not likely to get done regularly. This is the opposite of “out of sight, out of mind”. When something is giving you visual cues throughout the day, your brain and body are going to respond. So head out to Target or Meijer or a sporting goods store, and find a good water bottle. I recommend doing this in person instead of online. You want to hold it and see if it is a good fit for you.
What Is A Good Water Bottle?
Not every water bottle is created equal. When we are looking to increase our water intake, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
- Size matters: It should hold at least 20oz of water. This way you only need to refill a few times throughout the day. Bigger is not always better, though. If you drive a lot, make sure it can fit in your cup holder. If you are out with the kids a lot, make sure it fits in your purse, backpack, or diaper bag.
- Straw Top: Straw tops are the easiest to drink from, therefore making it easier for you to get enough water each day. Twist tops and flip tops add a little extra hassle. I know it does not seem like a big difference, but I speak from experience that the easier you make it on yourself, the more successful you can be.
So let me know how hydrated you are staying. Have you been able to swap out other beverages for water? Have you invested in a good water bottle? Next week we will look at how we can make sure the water we are getting is enough each day.