Did you know you’ll drink more if you use a straw?
With summer comes heat, humidity, and active outdoor lifestyles. We spend weekends at the beach and days at the pool. And while we’re often surrounded (or submerged) in water, we are usually not drinking enough of it.
Hydration is critical to a healthy, feel-good, functioning body, especially to the body of a runner. I’ve gone through the mechanics behind hydration before. Today, let’s talk about ways to promote water-guzzling throughout your day.
Being pregnant I’ve realized even more just how much I need water. Constantly. And as a runner, who is losing a lot of fluid and electrolytes with each run, you do, too.
Sometimes it can feel like torture to drink another glass of water. Here are five things I’m doing to get more water down each day.
- Electrolyte Packets
Having flavor added to your water makes you far more likely to guzzle a glass. You can get really good, clean (natural v. artificial) flavors today through many electrolyte products on the market. Not only will you be getting more water, but you’ll be replenishing those essential electrolytes you depleted through sweat. Look for drinks with no artificial colors or flavors.
This seems silly, but when you drink out of a straw you are more likely to take down more ounces than you would if you were just sipping. Stick a straw into your next glass or buy a water bottle with a straw attachment to help it go down faster.
- Fruits and Herbs
Simply dropping some fruits and/or herbs into your glass or bottle is an awesome way to make water more appealing. You can do anything from slices of lemon and lime to cucumber and strawberries. Try adding frozen fruits such as berries, sliced grapes, or even watermelon cubes. They will act as ice cubes and impart delicious flavor essence as they melt. Place sprigs of mint or basil into your water bottle and let it sit overnight for a refreshing change of taste, too.
- Large Pitchers and Pretty Water Bottles
“Prepping” water to have with you for the day is a good way to ensure you’re going to drink it. I like to place a large pitcher of filtered water in the refrigerator and add sliced cucumber, mint, berries, or simply sliced lemons and limes. Each time you open the refrigerator will be a reminder to drink up, and you’ll want to because it will both look pretty and taste delicious.
Water bottles are also my key to constantly drinking. Keep a water bottle with you in the car, and carry one in your purse so you have constant access. It can be a bit of a splurge, but I love the S’well bottles, which come in beautiful designs and keep your water cold!
- Get Fizzy
By the time evening rolls around, I’m so over water. But it’s incredible what a few bubbles can do. Switching to a sparkling water makes it feel like an entirely different drink. Try buying one with flavor essence (but watch for added colors or artificial flavorings).