Let's be real:
Remembering to drink enough water (and helping your family do the same) can be hard to do at any time of year, let alone the holiday season when the hustle and bustle get everyone a little excited and distracted.
And given that research shows at least 4 out of 10 Americans aren't drinking enough water, we think that adopting any strategy to help us remember to drink enough water will really go a long way!
How much water is "enough"? A good rule of thumb is around half your body weight in fluid ounces daily. This works out to around 75 fluid ounces for a 150 lb person—about the equivalent to 5 regular-sized plastic water bottles...even though we know you don't use plastic water bottles (more on this in a sec).
Consider the following 5 tips as your "hydrated for the holidays" hack pack. Your skin, sleep, muscles, and immune system will thank you!
5 Ways to Remind Yourself to Stay Hydrated Through the Holidays
These tips work during any month, but are especially helpful during the action-packed holidays:
1) Make drinking a glass of water the very first thing you do every morning.
Get up, smile because you're alive, go to the bathroom and brush your teeth, then—
Chug. That. Water.
Drinking a glass of filtered and/or spring water (ideally room-temperature and with a pinch of salt in it) replenishes a lot of the fluids you lost as you slept and helps keep your metabolism cruising along at a good clip.
2) Purchase a glass or steel water bottle—then attach it to your hip.
Plastic water bottles are wasteful and not good to reuse anyway because of how easily chemicals can leach into the water. So treat yourself to a couple steel or glass water bottles (maybe a cute holiday-inspired one, too!) and keep at least one with you everywhere you go.
We're serious: we want you to start seeing your water bottle as essential as your keys, phone, and wallet.
For extra hydration insurance, consider leaving one at work, too.
3) Take a quick look at your urine when you use the bathroom.
Your pee should be a pale-straw color—dark or bright yellow indicates dehydration.
Your pee should also be regular—no, you are not a camel if you can go all day without urinating. You're just dehydrated. No Bueno.
4) Link water-drinking to activities you do on the reg.
Do some good old-fashioned classical conditioning on yourself (à la Pavlov who taught his dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell) and use everyday tasks as cues to drink.
Getting into your car? Drink some water.
Checking your email? Drink some water.
Returning to your desk after a bathroom trip? Drink some water.
Commercial break? Drink some water.
Opening up Instagram? Drink some water.
Get creative and find what works for you!
5) Set a reminder on your phone.
Sometimes the tech-y route is the simplest solution at hand. Consider setting a couple alarms throughout the day that you can use as auditory reminders that it's time to drink up.
Got other tips that help you stay hydrated? Let us know in the comments below!