We all know that staying hydrated is important, in fact about 60% of our body weight is made up of water! Along with that, almost every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body needs water as the medium. However, this knowledge alone is often not enough to get us into the habit of drinking enough water during our day. Here are four helpful steps to turn drinking 2-3 litres of water a day into a good habit that sticks.
- Fill up a 2-3 litre jug / water bottle at the start of every day. That way you have a visual of how much water you have drunk and how much you still have to drink in order to reach your goal. Letting water stand for a couple of hours also allows the chlorine to evaporate making it a healthier option than water straight out of the tap.
2. Add a squeeze of lemon. Not only does lemon add flavour to your water but it also helps to activate your digestive system, improves skin and hair health, acts as a natural breath freshener and supports the immune system.
3. Stack water-drinking on top of another daily habit. Research shows that when you want to form a new habit a great way to do it is to perform the desired habit straight after/ before an existing habit. For example, if you already are in the habit of brushing you teeth twice a day then drinking a glass of water whenever you brush your teeth means that you are creating a habit of drinking water at these times too. Other examples of habit stacking could be drinking a glass of water before you leave the house or as soon as you arrive home.
4. Reward yourself. Whether it’s checking a box at the end of the day or spoiling yourself with something that you’ve had your eye on for a while once you reach and maintain your water-drinking goals, our human brains thrive off of rewards. If there’s a reward that follows achieving a goal, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Now go and fill up a glass! Happy hydration everyone.