Yes I’ve posted about this before…numerous times…here and on my FB page. But it is such an important part of a healthy body, and I don’t think we drink nearly as much as we should on a daily basis. I think there are some pretty common excuses for this and I want to address some of the ones I once used in hopes of inspiring you to go out and drink a little more water!
- I hate peeing ALL THE TIME.
Oh my gosh…who doesn’t! It’s irritating to constantly have to get up and go to the bathroom. But I’d rather do that then the alternative…feeling heavy, sluggish, and tired because I haven’t drank enough water. And peeing is a good thing! It helps measure your hydration. If you don’t pee all day…you are very much dehydrated. You may not feel it, but you are. On the flip side, if you’re peeing every 30 minutes…okay maybe you can back off the water a little. You should also pay attention to the color of your urine…dark yellow means you need more water…clear means you’re drinking plenty and you could probably slow down. Somewhere in the middle is where you want to land!
- Water has no taste
Such truth in this statement. On most days I can drink my goal of 90 ounces of water (I like to use the formula: your body weight/2 = ounces of water; 100 lb person would drink 50 ounces a day). However, there are those days where something more flavorful would just hit the spot. Here’s where “spiking” your water comes in handy! Adding fruit (lemon, strawberry, melon) or cucumbers can help add flavor to water without adding calories. If you need a little something extra, there are numerous water additives that are sugar free or close to it. Crystal Light is one of those that I have found to be yummy and little to no sugar. Mio also has a line of water enhancers that are tasty as well. Just beware when using these…check the caloric and sugar totals, and as with anything processed, use in moderation.
- I don’t have time to drink water
Let’s just throw that statement out right now. I used to think I had no time for water either. I work in a lab and cannot have my water at my workstation…it’s in a clean area away from my work area. I now make it a point to go and drink water. Plain and simple….it’s a choice and a decision to “go do.” Some days yes…there is little time to go get a drink of water because we’re busy. That just makes those times I can go all the more important.
I have found that a water bottle that holds a good amount of water is the best way to get my water intake. I use a water bottle that holds 20 ounces. I never know how much I actually drink at the time, but when I hit the bottom, I know I’m 20 ounces closer to my goal. Four of those bottles and I’m up to 80 ounces for the day! They also have cute bottles on Etsy and other DIY sites that have hour marks to show how much you should drink every hour. Super cute and super handy if you can place it somewhere visible.
- I drink it at lunch and at breakfast, that’s enough.
Truth moment…it’s not. Even if you drink 4 glasses, two at each meal, that’s only about 32-40 ounces of water. The standard of 8 8 ounce glasses is 64 ounces of water. So…you’re still 24 ounces shy. Thus…the usefulness of a water bottle to have with you between meals. Plus if you space out your intake…less bathroom breaks!
These are excuses I used to allow myself to not drink water. Over the years and especially since taking up running, I’ve realized how important water is to not only our hydration needs, but also to the workings of our physiology. We are humans made of water…it is only natural that we should put that stuff back into our bodies!!