Now that it’s hot and getting hotter, staying hydrated becomes a little trickier. A lot of people think gulping down a water bottle after a workout is all they need, but in reality, your workout will go much better if you’re properly hydrated before you start.
And while no one can seem to agree on the old “eight glasses of water a day” theory, the best way to keep your skin looking smooth and your body feeling good is to properly hydrate all day long.
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of plain water, there are ways to make sure you’re doing your body good. Here are 10 of the sneakiest moves to get more hydration into your daily routine.
1) Put A Full Glass Of Water On Your Bedside Table
Starting your day off with a full glass of water is one of the best things you can do for your morning routine. Most of us go seven to eight hours without drinking during the night, so that influx of water is helpful in revving up all your organs. Plus, putting water in your system before your morning cup of coffee helps your body process the acidity.
2) Drink Warm Water With Lemon In The Morning
We’ve already told you why lemon water could be one of the healthiest things you drink all day, but there are so many other additional benefits to making the water hot. Again, trying this trick before your morning cup of caffeine will show you just how much energy you can have without being a slave to coffee.
3) Make Fruit Ice Cubes
Instead of juice, try plain or seltzer water infused with fruity ice cubes. Mince any kind of fruit you like into pieces, add them to ice cube trays with a little water, and then use them whenever you want a sweet, healthy kick!
4) Invest In A Fruit Infusion Pitcher
Fruit Infusion pitchers like these can be quite inexpensive, and allow your fresh summer produce time to saturate regular water with just the right amount of light flavor. Try strawberry and lemon-infused water instead of straight (sugary) lemonade!
5) Eat More Hydrating Foods
There’s a reason why so many smoothies and green juices have foods like pineapple, cucumber and celery added — produce with a high water content helps add bulk to those drinks. On a health level, these foods will definitely amp up your daily water intake.
6) Fill Your Glass 1/4 Full At Work
If you have a desk job, try this tactic to add more water and more activity to your day: Get a glass and fill it about 1/4 of the way up. Once you drink it, walk back to the water cooler and refill, but again, only 1/4 of the way. Not only will you slowly be ingesting more water over the course of the day, you’ll have to stand up and stretch your legs every time you need a refill!
7) Choose Plain Water At Restaurants
Make a deal with yourself that you’ll stick with water every time you go out to eat for a week or two. Not only will you be consuming less calories, your wallet will be a a lot fuller!
8) Buy A Really Good Water Bottle
You’re much more likely to use a water bottle during your everyday life if it’s both fashionable and functional. Spend time looking for one that suits your needs, and spend good money on it.
9) Mark Up Your Water Bottle
If you really have a hard time reminding yourself to stay hydrated, mark up your water bottle with tape that has different times of day written on it. As the day goes on, the level should lower according to the hour (by 4:00 p.m. your water level should be below the line of tape that says 4:00).
10) Drink More Smoothies
What better way to get your hydration in by drinking a delicious smoothie? Pack it with high water-content foods, fruit-infused ice cubes, and a cup of water, and feel your body thanking you with more energy, less headaches, and a regulated mood.
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