When you were a kid, did this exchange ever happen between you and a parent?
Me: “Mom, it hurts when I turn my head like this.”
Mom: “Well then don’t turn your head like that.”
The obviousness of her answer was annoying.
YET it was probably exactly what you needed to hear at that moment.
This week’s tweak may evoke a similar feeling.
Are you ready for it?
Drink more water.
At this point you’re probably responding in 1 of 3 ways:
- Rolling your eyes and thinking, “tell me something I don’t know.”
- Holding up your water bottle and saying, “I already drink a lot of water.”
- Wondering out loud, “does my coffee and soda count since they have water in them?”
But regardless of your response, hear me out.
Let’s start with the compelling “whys”…
There are a lot of science-backed reasons to stay hydrated.
Even mild dehydration can impact your:
- Brain’s ability to function
- Energy levels
- Immune system
- Physical performance
In addition, good ‘ole H20 might just help:
- Keep your skin looking younger
- Control your calorie intake
- Flush out toxins
- Fight a cold
- Get rid of a headache
- Maintain healthy circulation
I am going to assume that you already knew ALL these benefits of drinking more water.
But let’s make it more personal.
We all have a story, and your attempts to successfully add a healthy tweak to your routine has to connect to YOURS.
- Wanting to lose weight?
- Dealing with regular headaches?
- Suffering from achy joints?
- Struggling with focus?
Staying hydrated is that small tweak – or micro-habit – that could yield big rewards for you.
But you have to connect it to YOUR “WHY.”
My incentive to drink water regularly is definitely personal to me.
Earlier this year, I found out that I have blood vessels on my brain that make me vulnerable to seizures.
Staying hydrated is a micro-habit that has become critical to maintaining a lifestyle I love. AND, it protects my family from another frightening experience.
Take a few seconds right now and identify your WHY.
Now that being intentional about drinking water is on your radar, let’s look at ways to make it happen.
Remember that a tweak is small.
This won’t work if you tell yourself, “I am going to go from not drinking any water to drinking 8 glasses every day.”
Make it doable and sustainable.
Here are 3 suggestions:
1) Start the Day Off With a Power Move
For years, I have been encouraging my clients not to let anything touch their lips in the morning before drinking one full glass of water.
And yes, that includes your morning java.
Your body wakes up dehydrated. Add to that the dehydrating effects of coffee (tea and soda) and you set yourself up for sluggishness in your body.
2) Use Technology to Remember
5 minutes after you read this email your mind will have traveled in many other directions.
Chances are that you won’t think another minute about WHY you want to drink more water – unless you take some purposeful steps NOW.
Use your phone to set up reminders throughout the day to drink.
Or try this free app that basically sets in place reminders. It allows you to tap the screen, each time you finish a glass, to see an empty one. It will also sync to other health apps.
Challenge: Try the app for a week to see if you really ARE drinking as much as you think you are.
3) Make It Pretty – Make It Yummy
There are definitely ways to spruce up your plain old water. For best results, be sure that it does not include table sugar or sweeteners.
If you add cut-up fruit and fresh herbs to your water, the flavor options seem endless. Visually, it will inspire you to drink. And you may benefit from the natural antioxidants and vitamins.
Check out this YouTube video that will creatively inspire you to drink more water.
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