31 Days to a Better Body: Day 8 – Drink (enough) Water
I know. Shocking.
But guess what? I’m not going to tell you to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Nor am I going to rattle off the benefits of drinking water. There are no shortage of articles touting the importance of drinking water and plus I know you’re informed.
Besides, science is conflicted (imagine that) on exactly how much water we need. The standard recommendation is 8 glasses a day but there are some people who say 8 glasses of water are unnecessary.
What I do know is what works for my body. I know how I feel when I drink enough water and how I feel when I don’t drink enough.
The Benefits of Drinking Water
When I drink enough water I….
get less headaches.
have more energy.
feel stronger and faster.
have smoother skin.
have regular bowel movements.
have a flatter tummy.
When I don’t drink enough water I…
eat more than my body needs.
feel sluggish during workouts.
have more lines on my face.
When I trained for my figure competitions, I drank a gallon of water a day because that was what I was read I should do. Since hanging up the heels, I’ve become much less regimented. Now, I drink water because I love it (Seriously it’s my favorite drink…I’m exciting like that.) and I like the way it makes my body feel and my skin look. The amount of water I drink varies from day to day. If it’s hot out, I drink more. If I sweat a lot, I drink more. If I eat out, I drink a lot more. If I’m eating an abundance of raw fruits and veggies, I drink less. If I’m laying around like a slug, I drink less.
Four Simple Habits that Help Me Drink Enough Water
1. I drink a large glass upon waking up.
2. I always carry a water bottle with me.
3. I eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit.
4. I listen to my body’s thirst signals.
Do you drink enough water? Do you have any habits that help you drink enough water?
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