With the craziness of the last few weeks and that darn fall cold that Dylan was kind enough to share with me, my workouts have taken a serious hit. So I’ve been trying to make up for that by improving my eating habits in hopes that those habits will continue once I get back into a good workout routine.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do is really up my water intake throughout the day. I do love my coffee and my La Croix, but I’ve been trying to get back to basics and get into a good routine with water. It’s been helpful for keeping my skin clear, minimizing bloating and making me feel better and (possibly) getting rid of this awful fall cold a little quicker.
My five favorite ways to drink more water
Start early // When I was doing early morning Pure Barre classes, there was one woman who was there every day with her cup of lemon water in hand. She said that’s the way she always starts her day and she felt much better after making that a consistent part of her routine. I’ve been trying to do the same. Lemon water is a natural detox and, once you get used to it, it’s easy to make part of your morning. I try to come downstairs and fix a lemon water before I feed Dylan his breakfast. That means I’ll have it before my coffee and before I eat anything.
Make it Interesting // Water gets boring after a while when it’s just plain. So why not mix it up a bit and add some fruit and herbs to make it more interesting. My favorite flavor combinations include:
- Cucumber Mint
- Mixed Berry, Lemon & Basil
- Citrus Mix: Lemon, Lime and Orange
Make it Easy // It’s weird but I drink a lot more water when I have a straw cup. I’ve been toting this D’Eco Fruit Infuser water bottle with me on my errands or just around the house. It helps me make my water more interesting. I also found that I like a cup like this better for my workouts. Plus the fact that it is glass sort of makes it feel fancy!
Challenge Yourself // A few months ago I did one of those Facebook water challenge groups where you share how much water you’ve been drinking and sort of motivate each other to meet your goals. At first I thought it was kind of cheesy, but I totally drank more water because I wanted to “win” and show people that I met my water goal!
Make it Routine // Along with starting your day with water, plan to have a glass before each meal and before and after your workouts. As with anything, it’s something you have to think about at first, but once you get started and start feeling better, it’ll become a habit and you won’t have to work at it!