This Spring, find an excuse to go outside and get some much-needed sunshine and exercise!
As the weather slowly gets warmer, it’s time to dust off the running shoes and send all those feel-good hormones soaring.
Even though it can be unsettling coming out of hibernation mode, we should remember that rising temperatures will affect our daily water intake.
Since water has various health benefits, losing fluid during the day can influence how you feel and perform.
Fortunately, staying hydrated is easy with Oasis Water! Below we’ve compiled a list of five ways to ensure that you drink enough water:
1. Understand your fluid requirements
Before you decide to drink more water, you must first understand your body’s fluid requirements.
There is a popular misconception that we should drink about eight glasses of water per day.
However, The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recommends that men consume about 3,700 ml (approximately 15 glasses) and women 2,700 ml (approximately 12 glasses) of fluid per day, ranging from water, other drinks, and foods.
Nevertheless, NAM acknowledges that it is not ideal to offer general advice on fluid intake as it can vary depending on a person’s activity level, location, and health status.
Most people can fulfil their fluid requirements by merely drinking to quench their thirst. Yet, if you often work out, work outside, or live in a hot climate, you could require extra fluid.
2. Set a daily goal
Easily increase your water intake by setting a daily goal.
Just the act of setting a goal itself can be motivating and increase your likelihood of lasting change.
Be SMART about your goals! Make sure they are:
For example, one SMART goal for daily water intake may be to consume 1000 ml (1 litre). Recording your progress can help keep you motivated to reach your goal and develop a habit.
3. Keep a reusable water bottle with you
You can increase your water intake by carrying a water bottle with you.
Having a reusable water bottle is not only better for the environment, but it also makes it simple to drink water wherever you are – whether you’re at home, work, school, or out and about.
Keeping a water bottle nearby is a constant reminder to drink more water.
4. Set reminders
It really is that simple! Set a reminder on your smartphone or smartwatch to take a sip every 30 minutes or to finish your current glass of water and refill it once per hour.
These reminders can encourage you to drink more water, especially if you have trouble remembering or are often busy.
5. Replace other drinks with water
By replacing beverages like soda and sports drinks with water, you’ll increase your water intake, improve your health, and consume fewer calories.
To ensure you stay as healthy as possible, restrict your sugar intake to less than 5% of your overall calorie intake. Just one 240 ml can of soda per day exceeds this limit.
Substituting water for these sugary beverages is a simple and inexpensive way to reduce your calorie intake, which can help with weight loss.