In association with Aqua Optima
Okay, I know, it’s not Wednesday. Well not when I’m writing this anyway. Maybe you’re reading it on a Wednesday though, that’s a possibility. In which case well done – great timing.
The alliteration isn’t key though, it’s just one way to remind yourself of the importance of HYDRATION. Now I don’t want to get all ‘lecturey parent’ on you, but come on, when was the last time you properly drank enough? I mean like not tea and coffee or fizzy drinks, just actual water, all through the day?
I see you there, looking sheepish.
I’m just as guilty. I do drink a lot, but I drink my fair share of caffeine filled tea and coffee too, and squashes, smoothies and fizzy drinks all full or sugar or artificial sweeteners. Now I’m not saying these things don’t contribute towards hydration, but it would be much better for me if at least some of the time I cut out all the additives and just drank water.
(Wine though! *sad face*)
So. What to do about it?
Like most things it’s really just a matter of forming new habits. Once you do anything often enough it can become routine, it’s just finding the things that will help you to form the habits in the first place.
Here are some ideas:
Make yourself accountable
One of the easiest ways to commit yourself to doing something is to say it out loud, or at least write it out loud on the internet. The very act of telling someone that you intend to do something makes it far more likely to happen, not least because of the guilt attached to not coming good on your word.
That’s the logic behind Aqua Optima’s #WaterWednesday campaign. Take the pledge, tell your friends and then share your thoughts and pictures online using the hashtag #WaterWednesday and you’re instantly making yourself more accountable.
Get a water tracking app
There are masses of different water tracking apps around, so read a few reviews and pick out one that suits you. I like the look of My Water Balance as not only does it sync with your Fitbit and Apple Health but you can also link up with friends and see how much you’re drinking compared to other people.
This is great because it taps into the accountability angle and also adds a competitive element.
Add fruit to your water
If you’re worried that you’ll get a bit bored of plain old water, (first world problems), then try adding flavour in the form of fresh fruit. Reduce waste by freezing slices of lemon, lime or orange or handfuls of berries in advance, and then just popping them into your drinks like ice cubes.
Get a water filter
We were sent a water jug and filter from Aqua Optima to help us to drink more water and it has definitely helped Belle. I fill it up in the morning and put it in the door of the fridge and it means she can help herself during the day and see exactly how much she has drunk. Belle is very particular about some things and she especially likes things that have a special purpose, that she can measure and keep track of, so this suits her very well.
Using an Aqua Optima water filter has the added benefit of less chlorine and water hardness, making drinks taste better, and significantly reducing the amount of unwanted substances found in tap water, like limescale, heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides. The filter was very easy to set up and I particularly like the sliding grid in the lid which means you can fill it up without having to take the lid on and off.
Create triggers for yourself
Start making an effort to always have a drink of water at a particular time, like just before a meal or after going to the toilet. If you stick at it you’ll form a habit in no time and find yourself thinking of having a drink at lots more times throughout the day. While you wait for the kettle to boil is a good one as you’re already standing near the tap!
Carry a bottle of water in your bag
One of the main reasons a lot of us don’t drink enough water is pure convenience – maybe you’re out and about or in the car or on the train and you just don’t have any water with you. Get into the habit of refilling a water bottle for your bag every morning and you’re more likely to hit your daily hydration targets.
Keep your glass full
Refill it as soon as you finish – you’re much more likely to see the full glass and be reminded to drink it, even if not right away. An empty glass requires much more effort!
So those are my tips – what do you do to make sure you drink enough water?
Take the Water Wednesday pledge now.