Add Some H2O to Your Routine

It’s starting to feel like spring on Delmarva with flowers, bees and wonderfully warm weather finally turning up. As the temperature rises, people tend to remember to switch out wardrobes, but there’s a step that is often ignored: drinking more water. The general recommendation of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is hard enough to accomplish as it is, but you should be drinking even more in the spring and summer. Downing sixty-four whopping ounces of water sounds like a pain, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting. If you set reasonable goals, you will eventually be able to stay perfectly hydrated.

You may be asking, ‘Why should I bother drinking so much water?’ Your body needs water to function properly, so hydration is important! But there’s more benefits than just improving your health. If you are watching what you eat, drinking water can fill you up and make you less hungry. It also helps to hydrate dry skin and chapped lips. Maybe the most helpful benefit of drinking water is that it boosts your energy. If you sleep in and don’t have enough time to buy/brew a cup of coffee, replace it with a bottle of water.

To make drinking sixty-four ounces sounds a lot less scary, invest in a huge water bottle with the ounces marked on the side. Start with filling a thirty-two ounce bottle of water when you get up in the morning, drink some, and refill it again around mid-afternoon. And look, you’ve met your goal! You may not get it done the first few days or even the first few weeks, but that’s why you have to keep at it.

A lot of people do not like the taste of water, so they avoid it as much as they can. There are two easy fixes: add drink mixes and fruit infusions. Drink mixes and water enhancers can transform a bland glass of water into a fruity treat with flavors from lemonade to strawberry-kiwi (you can find Kool-Aid or Crystal Lite brands in regular grocery stores), but be careful because many of them contain unnecessary sugars and calories. A more healthful and subtle option is simply adding chopped produce to your water bottle and letting it chill in the fridge overnight. This allows the flavors from fruits, vegetables and herbs to infuse into your water, offering a light flavor. Try sliced strawberries and oranges for a summery drink, or cucumbers and mint leaves for a refreshing, spa-like twist to your average glass of water.

A healthy habit isn’t built in a day. Set small goals and build up until you can look forward to that refreshing gulp of water on warm days. It may not sound like the most pressing subject matter, but it’s a good way to take charge of your health. Once you start meeting your daily goal you’ll definitely notice a difference. Your lips will be less chapped, you won’t be as hungry and you’ll have more energy. But like most things, it’ll take baby steps to get to that point, so stay encouraged and you’ll get there in no time!


Featured photograph by Morgan Brownell

img_2550Marina Boyd is a freshman Psychology major with an overgrowing obsession with makeup, pop punk music, and coffee. She wants to share her love for eye shadow and mug cakes with as many people as she can before eventually going to grad school and starting her career in Human Resources. Keep up with her on Instagram @_majobo or on Pinterest @marinajo98.

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