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Every year on June 23rd, National Hydration Day, we come together to celebrate one of the most fundamental needs of the human body: the need for water.
The link between good hydration and good health is undeniable. Drinking water is so important, in fact, that it’s the very first habit we help new Fabulous users develop. It’s a simple habit to build, sure, but it’s also vital; after all, your body is nearly 60 percent water!
To help you celebrate National Hydration Day, we have 10 tips and tricks on how to drink more water to help you stay hydrated today and every day.
Keep a glass of water by your bedside 🛌
Before you go to bed tonight, fill up a glass or bottle with some water and leave it by your bed. While we sleep, we lose fluids through our breath, sweat, and digestion. In other words, when you wake up in the morning, you’re already dehydrated. A simple glass of water in the morning is just the thing to replenish and revitalize your body. It can even be just as effective at jumpstarting your engine in the morning as a cup of coffee!
Get a water bottle you’ll actually use 🥤
When developing a hydration habit, we always recommend buying a reusable water bottle to make drinking water more accessible. However, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have to buy the fanciest, most expensive water bottle to hold yourself accountable. The best water bottle you can buy is the one you’ll actually use. Reusing a disposable plastic bottle is better than staying dehydrated.
Expand your hydration horizons 🍵
We get it; water isn’t that exciting. But you don’t have to limit yourself to just water to stay hydrated! Milk, smoothies, juice, sports drinks, tea, and even coffee are all valid substitutes. You can also add fruit and herbs to water to jazz it up a little. Just watch your added sugar consumption and keep in mind that some caffeinated drinks can be dehydrating if you drink too much.
Set a recurring alarm ⏰
Sometimes you just need an in-your-face reminder to drink water at regular intervals. So, set an alarm! Use your phone or your favorite timer to make sure you’re pausing to drink every hour or so.
Play a “drinking game” 🎲
Drinking games may typically involve alcohol, but they don’t have to! Make up your own water-based drinking game to make the habit more fun. For example: Take a drink every time you see a dog today!
Set up hydration stations🚰
Whether at home or work, leaving bottles or pitchers of water in high-traffic areas can be a great visual cue. If you see an inviting jug of ice water in the break room, you’re far more likely to reach for that then go digging around in the fridge or vending machine.
Watch for symptoms of dehydration 🥵
Dehydration can be sneaky and the signs can be vague. Fatigue, food cravings, dry mouth, and irritability are just a few things you can experience when you aren’t drinking enough water.
The easiest indicator, however, is the color of your urine. You want to aim for urine that’s clear or pale yellow. Anything darker than that and you’re likely dehydrated!
Eat more fruits and vegetables 🍎
Who says you have to drink your water? Fruits and vegetables are all mostly water themselves, so snack away! Cucumbers, watermelon, lettuce, and apples are great examples of water-dense foods that can keep you hydrated. Soups and broths are also great, savory alternatives to drinking water, though you’ll want to watch your salt intake.
Challenge yourself (or a buddy!) 💪
If you’re the kind of person who needs an accountability buddy to accomplish your tasks, try challenging a friend to a hydration challenge. Who can drink the most water in a day? Who can come up with the best infused water flavor combination? Who can meet their hydration goal for the most consecutive days? Or, if you don’t want to challenge a friend, challenge yourself and see if you can bet your own records!
A solid hydration habit is important on more than just National Hydration Day! Keeping your fluids up every day will help your body perform at its best. The best thing you can do for yourself this year is to use today as a starting point to establish a habit of drinking water regularly. If you want help, download Fabulous for free to get started on your journey to wellness.