You don’t need to resort to sports drinks or fancy supplements to stay hydrated — plain old water is your best bet! Here are our top seven tips to help you stay on top of your H2O game.
1 Carry a water bottle
A reusable water bottle is a convenient,the inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to rehydrate. Pop a water bottle into your bag before you walk out the door, so you have water on hand at all times, no matter where you are. Put it in the freezer the night before, or add some ice cubes to keep it cool.
2 Spice it up
If you’re bored with plain water, give it a
little healthy flavor. Fresh herbs, citrus fruits, and berries work a treat — so experiment to find a flavor that you love. Think fresh mint and lime, or raspberry and basil.
3 Leave a reminder
When you’re busy at work, it can be easy to forget to drink water. Keep a glass of water on your desk as a gentle reminder to sip throughout the day. As an added bonus, you’ll increase your step count as you refill your glass
(and make regular trips to the loo!).
4 Make it a habit
Just woke up? Have a glass of water. About to leave the house? Have a glass of water. Just finished a meal? Then have a glass of water! Linking a glass with daily activities is an easy way to lift your water intake.
5 Download an app
There are plenty of apps that prompt you to drink water at different intervals throughout the day. You can also track your intake during the day to make sure that you’re meeting your needs.
6 Make a meal of it
Don’t forget that some types of food can contain a large amount of water. You could try chilled soups for dinners, such as gazpacho or cucumber, or enjoy a slice of watermelon when you’re chilling out at the beach.
7 Use snack time
Between-meal bites are a great way to get in the extra fluid. Try homemade ice blocks made with coconut water and fresh fruit, or a
smoothie made with milk, fresh fruit, and ice.