December 24 2020 ■ Tips
The Easiest New Year Resolution
2020 was a tumultuous year for all of us. Resolutions about travel, health and fitness went out the window and we learned to live a new kind of normal. With 2021 just around the corner it’s now a great time to start the year fresh with an easy, healthy, and achievable goal.
Drink More Water
Our bodies are made up of 60% water. Water is the basis for a lot of human functions. From healthy skin and nails, creating saliva to regulating our temperature. It’s important to keep hydrated so our bodies can function normally.
With most New Year’s resolutions, it can be difficult to keep track of progress.
Here are four ways to help you achieve your goal of drinking more water.
1. Use S.M.A.R.T goals.
Firstly, it’s important to understand why you’re setting this goal. Maybe it’s because you want your skin to glow so you feel confident or to boost your energy levels so you can keep up with your kids. Whatever the reason, it’s important to keep yourself motivated so you can stick with it for the long run.
To increase your chance of success make sure your goal is S.M.A.R.T. That's Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Specific - Well defined and unambiguous
"I want to drink the optimal amount of water for my size and lifestyle."
Measurable – You can measure your progress towards completing your goal
"I will start on January 2nd and drink 1.5L of water per day."
Achievable – Your goal is attainable
"I will keep fresh water readily available at home, work and on the go so that it's there when I need it."
Relevant - Your goal aligns with your values and broader objectives
"Drinking more water will help boost my energy levels and keep me healthy."
Time-bound - There’s a clearly defined timeline
"I will drink 1.5L every day for one year. By then I will have formed a great new habit and it will be easy to keep this up."
Once you have written your goals like this you'll find it easier to stick to them in all areas of your life.
2. Replace soft drinks with water
Many of us crave carbonated drinks after a long day at work.
Switching out fizzy and replacing it with soda water will help curb those cravings. You still get the same sensation of fizzy without the extra calories. Another good option is to mix 50 percent water with 50 percent juice or another one of your favourite mixers. You can slowly decrease the amount of juice and increase the amount of soda until you’re only adding a splash. It’s a nice and tasty way to rehydrate without all the sugar.
You don't have to cut out all your treats of course. You could choose to replace all sugary drinks before 5pm with water or allow yourself one or two treat drinks per day. Remember you need to keep your goal achievable!
3. Cut back on alcohol
Just like sugary drinks, sometimes an alcohol craving is actually just thirst, and alcohol won't help quench that thirst. Try the following to increase your water consumption and decrease your alcohol intake.
● Craving a glass of wine? Have a glass of water first.
● Alternate alcoholic drinks with water - it'll halve your alcohol intake!
● Introduce no alcohol days where you stick to tasty iced teas, mocktails or a simple slice of lemon in water
● Count your alcohol intake and keep it to a set maximum as a treat
All these tips will help you consume less alcohol. You will notice the benefits of drinking less almost immediately including no hangovers, healthier skin, and an increase in reaction times.
4. Download Plant Nanny
If you haven’t downloaded Plant Nanny, you need to do it now! This app keeps track of how much water you drink, and each glass also waters the app’s plant so you can both thrive. The more water you drink the more your plant within the app grows.
You can also customise your reminders at specific times throughout the day and set daily water intake goals. The best part; it’s all free! Keep hydrated while keeping your plant happy and hydrated too. This app is a fun and unique way to incentivise hydrating.
If you want to be healthier and happier, drinking more water is the simplest way to achieve that. Make drinking water your ultimate New Year’s resolution! Just Water can provide you with clean, fresh delicious water that filters out all nasty chemicals, bad tastes, and smells.
Contact Just Water today to find out more.