When doing any kind of exercise hydration is key. Let’s face it: even when you’re not overly active hydration is key. But what happens when you’re trying to live an extremely active lifestyle and hate water? You have to learn some tips.
I happen to be one of those water haters. I’ve been known to go days in the past without drinking any. I would even take Gatorade to the gym to avoid water there. Even before I started training for my marathon I knew this needed to change, but it has become especially important in recent months. Here are a few tricks I’ve tried to help me drink more water throughout the day:
- Make fruit water: I’m a huge fan of fruit waters. They are so easy to make and you can have a new flavor every day. It’s as simple as it sounds-just cut up some fruit, put it in your water and you’re ready to go! Just remember, if you’re going to use the whole pice of fruit make sure to wash it first. Here are some of my favorites:
- Lemon, cucumber and mint (veggies work just as well as fruit)
- Orange and mint
- Watermelon and mint
- Blackberry and mint
- Bring a water bottle everywhere: I don’t know about you, but I am guilty of using the excuse, “I don’t have any water right now, so I guess I can’t drink any”. In order to keep myself from falling back on this old ‘trick’ of mine, I started carrying a water bottle around in my purse. While at a Soul Pose yoga event I found an adorable, affordable bottle that sealed perfectly for travel. And it’s plastic so I don’t have to worry about dropping and shattering it like some of the beautiful glass options out there. Now I make sure I am constantly hydrating from my bottle throughout the day.
- Drink at least one glass of water before each course at restaurants: Sadly I’m not as good about this when I’m at home, but I make sure to follow this rule while at restaurants. (Well I try to, my boyfriend might tell you otherwise). I try to have at least one glass before an appetizer if one is ordered, a glass before my entree and a third glass before the bill is paid. That way I have had at least 2-3 glasses of water per restaurant meal. Bonus: This also helps eliminate some false hunger and helps with portion control.
- Drink a sparkling water: When I’m craving soda it’s usually not the flavor I’m yearning for, rather the bubbles. So when I can I opt for a carbonated water alternative. I love getting a glass of sparkling water to help quench my thirst. When I’m truly desperate for a soda I try to opt for a blood orange San Pellegrino. I keep cans stocked in my fridge for what I like to call “soda emergencies”. While this isn’t necessarily the greatest alternative, it does help keep me on track.
What do you do to help you drink more water? Feel free to share your tips!