Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? We know that most resolutions tend to relate to better health, like joining a gym or losing weight. One way to help with both of these resolutions is to drink more clean water. Not only will drinking the right amount of water help you when you are working out but drinking water throughout the day can help you on your weight loss journey.
Make drinking water a habit
The first step is to prioritize drinking water in the New Year. Don’t just think of this as a one-time resolution. Try to turn drinking water into a habit. Most people don’t think about drinking water because they drink coffee, tea, or sugary sodas throughout the day. And while any drink can help add to your daily required water intake, there is no substitution for drinking a tall glass of crisp, clean water.
Many people can’t tell the difference between thirst and hunger pangs anymore. We are so used to reaching for a snack when we start to feel pangs that we don’t even give water a second thought. But sometimes, our body is just dehydrated.
To make drinking water a habit, piggyback it onto things you already do on a routine basis, such as go for a run in the morning or take a walk after lunch. Sometimes it is easier to make a habit of something if you attach it to another habit that is already ingrained into your routine. To make drinking water a habit, sometimes it is necessary to set an alarm to help you remember your goal. You can set a timer on your watch as a reminder to drink a full glass of water every hour.
Another way to make drinking water a habit is to keep a pitcher of fresh water in your refrigerator so anytime you are thirsty, you have great tasting water at your fingertips. Many people don’t have great-tasting tap water. It really depends on the area where you live and where you get your water. Some municipal water supplies taste terrible because they add so many chemicals to it to clean it before it reaches your home. Well water can pick up bacteria, minerals, or man-made chemicals, depending on where your groundwater has traveled.
If it isn’t easy to get wonderful tasting water straight from your faucet, you will most likely spend a lot of money purchasing bottled water every couple of weeks. If you are tired of buying bottled water, we recommend installing a home water filtration system. At Shiloh Water Systems, we help homeowners in Oregon filter out the dissolved minerals, chemicals, heavy metals and bacteria that can make your drinking water smell and taste funky. Our Kinetico reverse osmosis drinking water systems work well with both municipal water supplies and well water.
If you don’t have to go out of your way to find clean drinking water, you are more likely to drink more of it on a daily basis.
We also recommend that you buy a distinctive water bottle that you can carry with you to work and while exercising so that you always have fresh water on hand. If you don’t like the taste of water, add fresh fruit like berries or slices of oranges, lemons or limes to your refrigerated water to give your water some pizzazz. Sliced cucumbers also give your fresh, filtered water a refreshing flavor.
How can drinking more water daily affect my weight loss and exercise resolutions in the New Year?
- Drinking more water on a daily basis will fill you up and reduce the number of snacks you reach for throughout the day. Whenever you feel hungry, reach for your bottle of water first. Drink at least 8 ounces of water before you put any food in your mouth. Chances are, you won’t be nearly as hungry after drinking your glass of water.
- Drink a full water bottle before exercising. It will not only feed your muscles but give you a refreshing boost of energy before you get started. Make sure you drink water throughout your workout. Water helps wash away the toxins in your body and will flush away fat as well.
At Shiloh Water Systems, we can’t guarantee you will exercise more or lose weight in 2021, but we can guarantee that a water filtration or drinking water system will encourage you to drink more clean water, which will only help your health-related New Year’s resolutions.