6 Tips for drinking more water

WATER! Drinking water is so important. I know you’ve heard that a million times, right? But it’s true. Water helps your kidneys flush toxins out of your body, muscles need water to stay energized, it can help clear up your skin, help with digestion, and about a million other things. Basically, it’s super important.

water

What I’m sayin’ is…you need to drink your water! At least half your body weight in oz every day. Every. Day. That would be 90+ oz a day for me. Honestly, I could go all day with only the water used to make my coffee (which totally doesn’t count by the way. Boo.) and I know that’s not good! I just don’t like drinking water. It’s a major struggle getting those ounces in…and some days I don’t. But I try! That’s important. Some is better than none at all, right? Right!

Some people are just natural water drinkers. Good for them! But if you’re like me you’ll need all the help you can get to stay hydrated.

Here are a few things that I’ve tried that seem to help me:

Water bottles: I’m a bit of a water bottle hoarder. Same goes for plastic straw tumblers and to-go mugs. Every time I fall off the water wagon I buy a new water bottle and it almost makes me excited about water again, haha. Also, I try to think about how many times I have to fill up. With my Camelback I had to drink 3. Recently I just bought a 52oz (I think) Bubba mug. It’s ridiculously big BUT I only have to drink 2 of them to hit my goal for the day. Somehow, even though it’s the same total, drinking 2 is so much more attainable than having to refill 3 times or more.

Bracelets: A friend told me about this, and while I haven’t tried it, I think it’s genius. I just don’t have that many bracelets. You can also use rubber bands though which I believe was the original method she found. If you are shooting for 8 glasses of water put 8 bracelets or bands on one wrist. Every time you drink one, move a bracelet/band to the other wrist. It’s a nice visual to have right in front of you all day to remind you and keep you on track.

Apps: Like a good water bottle I’m a sucker for a useful phone app. I downloaded both Waterlogged and Daily Water on my iPhone. Daily Water seems really straight forward and easy. Little fuss, just click the glass as you drink and it tracks. It also makes some fun sounds when you track. Waterlogged seems to do a lot more but I haven’t fully dug into it. I think you can schedule water intake on both apps. Either one would be a good choice to try out if you love tracking things on your phone or ipad.

 Infusing: This is another great way to make you want to drink water. They sell fancy infusing pitchers and bottles but you could just buy any large water container with a spigot on it and it works just as well. Fill it with water and add chopped fruits, berries, herbs, cucumbers…anything. The options are really endless and Pinterest has about 9 million variations you can try. This really is good! I love naturally flavored water like this. It almost feels like cheating.

 Write it down: In my planner I make little boxes everyday (or draw little water drops if I’m feeling fancy) and color them in as I drink. You can even buy little planner stickers that are for tracking water on Etsy! If you’re writing it in put as many down as you need. I did have a lot before but now I just have 2 boxes. I get to check one each time I empty my huge 52oz mug.

 Plan ahead: This is smart too for the plan ahead types (which I am so not). Another friend of mine was filling large water bottles every night and sticking them in her fridge that way all day her water was there and ready. No refilling. Just grab and go. Finish them all and you’ve made your goal!

Are you good at drinking water? Do you like it? If you have any other tips that I haven’t mentioned please share! I can always use more help with it.

Top 10 Favorite Gym Shirts

Sometimes working out isn’t always the most fun thing to do. You know you’ll feel amazing once you’re done but actually getting up and doing it can be hard every now and then. One thing that keeps me excited to do my workout is the clothes. I’m a sucker for a fun gym shirt and crazy pants. One of my favorite things to do on Pinterest is look up fun gym shirts. I’ve pinned so many with plans to make some of them one day. I thought I’d come on here and share some of my favorites that I definitely ‘need’ asap.

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10.) A Christmas gym shirt. I love this one. Perfect for holiday lifting.

9.) Gandalf told me to. This would be awesome if I actually ran. Any LOTR shirt makes my list though.

8.) Dont put me down for cardio. I love Fat Amy and Pitch Perfect. And this shirt.

7.) OH My Quad! Seriously. Leg day, then derby practice. I was screamin this.

6.) Leaking Awesome. Well, yeah!

5.) Feed me and tell me I’m pretty. I have made this shirt already. It had to be on the list.

4.) Leveling Up. Let my geek shine. Lord of the Rings and now Mario. Oh yeah!

3.) Slurpees not Burpees. I need to wear this to derby practice.

2.) Fitness pizza. I saw this on Pinterest and actually laughed out loud.

1.) Of course…my Hangry Hulk shirt! I love  this shirt.

So what do you think? Are you motivated by your gym clothes?

*Originally posted Sept. 13, 2014 on my personal blog, GirlMeetsCamera

New Year, New Blog, New Goals!

Hey! It’s a new year and this is a new blog. I’m going to start out by sharing my goals for this coming year. I feel like I always have such big hopes and get very overwhelmed with everything which leaves me never actually finishing anything. Trying to change that. So this year I’m going to try to pull back a bit and simplify my goals. Easy and attainable.

GOALS

 

1. Create and Stick to a workout routine:

We’ve been all over the place the last month or so as far as workouts and clean eating goes. Between weddings and holidays and kids out of school…life just got in the way. The big thing is to not let THAT become the normal. It’s time to get up, shake off the lazy, and get back to it. With my gym buddy starting classes twice a week we are switching to a 3 day a week plan. We really got to work today with a pretty decent workout. Now to keep on it! I can’t except to motivate anyone else when I can’t motivate myself, right?

 

2. Blog 2-3 times a week.

With this new blog I’m really excited to keep a good blogging schedule and have plenty of things to share with y’all. Over at GirlMeetsCamera.com it’s hard to keep any kind of schedule. The blog is our life and it’s anything but scripted. My posting goal here is to post at least one workout related post and one food/recipe post a week. If I throw in an extra fit related something in there then hooray! But those are 2 things I want to get up for sure.

 

3.  EAT CLEAN!

This. This is the hard one! I love all the food…especially all those unclean foods. Hoping to keep my diet at least 80-90% clean because you know, no one is perfect. I need my coffee creamer and random Reese’s here and there. Hopefully this blog will keep me accountable and help keep y’all accountable too!

 

4. Get Certified!

Getting my personal training certification through NASM is my big, huge, mega goal this year. I had given myself until my birthday in February to get it done. I really hope I can pull that off! I really haven’t been as committed to studying as I should have been. I’m on it now though and want it more than ever!

 

So, how about you? Do you have any big health and fitness goals this year? Are you good at sticking to your resolutions? Let me know!



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