How to Drink More Water
You don’t succeed in drinking more water every day by setting your alarm to go off every 90 minutes to remind you. “Oh no, it’s 5 o’clock and I need to drink another 40 ounces of water to reach my daily intake goal! Time to guzzle!”
This is the way we approach a lot of our goals — be it losing weight, drinking more water, saving money, etc. If you go too extreme and inconvenience yourself too much (becoming unrealistic), then you’re going to fail in the long run.
It’s admirable to have the dedication to go from zero to hero overnight, but you reach a point of diminishing returns and quickly become unproductive. If you’re not able to sustain your newly found determination and dedication and simply revert right back to where you started, then what’s the point?
You know the easiest way to drink more water every day? Try carrying around a cup or water bottle and mindlessly take sips from it all day.
I have a CamelBak at the office and a set of stadium cups (from ballparks, football games, etc) I use at home. As soon as I get to the office, I fill up my water bottle for the day. When I get home, I fill up a cup. Water isn’t the only thing I drink, but it’s always readily available for me and acts as my convenient go-to drink.
You’ll use the restroom a lot at first, but once your body gets adjusted to the excess water you’re drinking you’ll just go a few times a day as you probably do already.
The more water you give your body, the more weight you’ll lose and the better you’ll feel in general. For example, my body has no problem dealing with 100+ degree temperatures when I decide to do yard work at 3 PM on a Saturday. It’s not because I’m a rock star or anything, it’s just that my body is well hydrated.
Okay, I lied — I am a rock star.
When I drank two gallons of Mt. Dew a day and weighed 344 pounds, I was forced to mow my lawn at night. And when it was cloudy… and snowing. Otherwise, I’d come inside after mowing and nearly pass out from dehydration and exhaustion.
Those days are long gone.