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Here we are, a month later! How did you do with last month’s Wellness Challenge? Are you eating better? I am, and I hope you are too! This month I want to focus on drinking more water. I find that I am really good at drinking coffee, but sometimes I forget to drink enough H2O. As busy moms, we need to focus on our own health too, not just that of our family. This month I challenge you to drink more water!
Water is essential in all aspects of life. Plants and animals all need water to grow and function properly.
I’m not a scientist or a health expert, but I know that without water we can’t survive.
If I am dehydrated, I feel very tired and lazy. Sometimes I get shaky or have a headache. Then, all I want to do is lay on the sofa and veg out! This isn’t very productive and certainly doesn’t serve my family well.
Even though I love my coffee, I do try to drink a lot of water. But I don’t drink enough, especially on days that I play tennis or practice yoga. Plus, I live in South Florida so just standing outside for 5 minutes means you will be sweating.
How Much Water Should I Drink A Day?
I tried to do research on exactly how much water I should be drinking a day in order to stay properly hydrated. I found lots and lots of different answers and formulas on how much water is required. I had to step away from the web, because I was totally confused and discouraged. I couldn’t find an answer that everyone agreed upon.
I was feeling deflated, and I almost gave up on writing about this challenge since I didn’t have an answer to this important question! And then I realized there probably isn’t an exact answer! We all need a different amount of water based on our lifestyle, weight, and location.
So my answer to how much water should I drink a day is to drink enough water that my body “feels” healthy.
What does that mean?
Well, I will make sure that I’m not tired, that my urine is light yellow instead of dark, and that everything is functioning properly.
I personally started this water challenge two weeks ago when the boys went back to school and I think I have been pretty successful. I’m no longer feeling like a lazy mom, my skin has a nice glow, and I don’t have any problems in the bathroom department. Drinking enough water every day has made me feel much healthier! I wish I had paid attention to my consumption years ago!
Tips to Help You Drink More Water
-I bought a pretty glass water bottle to use & refill throughout the day. Why waste money on plastic disposable bottles?
-I fill the bottle every night before I go to bed and put it in the fridge. Now it’s ready to go when I leave the house!
-I drink a small glass of water in the morning before having my coffee. I pour that cup at the same time as I fill the coffee pot!
-I challenge myself to drink the entire water bottle before I get to the school and drop off the boys. I have a 20 minute car ride so this works for me.
-I add lemon to my water glass at lunch and dinner. I didn’t think I would be a fan of lemon water, but I actually enjoy it. It makes me feel like I am drinking something other than water. I get bored easily with food items, so the lemon really helps me. According to Wellness Mama, there are lots of health benefits to drinking lemon water every day.
-I bring two water bottles with me when I play tennis and make sure I finish at least one of them. In my mind having two makes me feel as though I need to drink them both.
-If I am having a glass of wine with dinner, then I also make sure to drink one glass of water as well.
So your challenge this month is to increase your daily water intake. Whether you never drink water or already drink it all day long, everyone has room for personal improvement. As busy moms, we often neglect ourselves because we tend to get caught up with our long to do list. Take some time to improve your health by staying well hydrated. Your body will thank you:)
So how good are you at drinking enough water every day?
If you feel like sharing your success, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.