Water. We are composed of 90 percent water. Naturally, we drink it to stay hydrated, but oftentimes, we don’t drink nearly enough as we should.
Personally, I hate drinking water. I know how bad that sounds! I know I’m constantly dehydrated and I wish that I could chug water bottles all day long. Because of this, I set myself up for the challenge: drink more water. For two weeks I guzzled (and went to the bathroom) more than ever before.
While many find the recommended intake for their body size with complicated math equations and measuring, this might be too unreachable as a starting point. Bonus: there are also tons of free online calculators to do the math for you. I personally downloaded the free water tracking app Waterlogged. It helped to keep track of how much I drank (including those morning coffees) in a convenient location. It even has a handy virtual water bottle that you fill up when you add your water intake!
You can also get a good quality reusable water bottle to help keep you on track. I got one with the ounce portions marked on the side. Here is what I learned from my two week water challenge.
- More energy
- Not dehydrated
- Felt better in general
- Clearer skin
- Bathroom trips (did I mention that I have a small bladder and had to pee constantly?!)
- Chugging water/forcing yourself to drink
- More pop, coffee, juice you drink = more water to match
Following this in regular day life, I think that pacing myself will work best. Setting a goal like drinking a certain amount before lunch might benefit me more than quickly gulping water to try and fulfill how much I really need to drink. At times, I didn’t make the goal one day, and over drank the next day to make up for it. I know that I will never make the goal everyday in a row with my lifestyle, but just having set requirements and knowing how much I should drink, really changed how I look at drinking water.