Am I Doing This Right? A Millennial’s Journey into Health
Today’s guest article is by Emily, a community manager at Shop Your Way. She is not (self-admittedly) by any means a health and fitness expert. However, she loves running, yoga, gluten-free popcorn and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. And she’s penning this personal series: Am I Doing This Right? A Millennial’s Journey into Health.
“We’ve all heard it a thousand times: Staying hydrated is important. It helps your immune system, boosts your metabolism, helps keep your skin clear, and just about everything else. And yet, the truth is that sometimes, drinking enough water is just plain difficult.
On average, an adult needs about 2 to 3 liters of water a day, according to Healthline.com. However, some studies show that more than 70% of Americans are less hydrated than they should be. Many people tend to gravitate toward coffee, energy drinks, or soda before they’ll reach for water.
I was one of those people. I knew about all the benefits of staying hydrated, I just didn’t feel like I needed to pay more attention to it. I’d grab an energy drink or some juice before opting for water. Those drinks tasted better and woke me up in the morning. Water is in everything, right? You’re basically drinking water by drinking other things.
This past New Year, I made it my resolution to drink more water after I realized how much sugar was in some of the things I was drinking every day. And now, ten months later, I’m so glad I did.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy. Training myself to reach for water took a few weeks (especially with so many temptations around me), but now I feel healthier physically and mentally. I have more energy than I did before, and I just feel better knowing how much water I’m putting into my body. Eventually, I found a few tricks that worked for me, and now I drink at least a liter of water every day.
Have fun with flavor
Let’s face it. Water can get boring. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 20% of Americans dislike the taste of plain water. Energy drinks, juice and soda taste good, which makes them more desirable. So, I started to look for ways to make water taste good, too.
I began buying flavor packets to mix into my water. Most are less than 10 calories. Less sugar, less calories, and I’m getting a higher water intake. (Some are even caffeinated). Just be sure to read the labels. Or go for natural flavor by infusing water with lemon, mint, or fruit.
Go Greener and Save Some ‘Green’
I also invested in a reusable water bottle that I carry around with me. Not only do I use less plastic (a boost for the environment), but refilling my own bottle at the fountain saves money, too.
If you like your water cold, look for an insulated bottle that will keep cool longer.
Water, Water Everywhere
If you’re on the go a lot like me, plan ahead to make sure you always have water with you. That way, not having it is no longer an excuse.
I keep a bottle of water in my bag when I’m out or have one in my car when I’m running errands. To make myself remember, I usually put my reusable bottle on the table next to my front door—or sometimes even directly in front of the door—so that I can’t leave my apartment without looking at it. After a few weeks of actively reminding myself to do this, it became a habit and now I always fill it up before I go anywhere.
Since trying these tricks, I’ve seen a big change in my overall health. My skin looks better, I have more energy, and I don’t get sick very often. Why not throw the barista a curveball and order a water next time? You’ll be glad you did.”
Like this post? Leave a comment and share your own water-sipping secrets. And be sure to follow Emily’s fitness journey in the A Healthier You community at ShopYourWay.com.