Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen some great social media posts about the New Years Resolutions people made at the beginning of this year that now seem a bit naive in hindsight. Unfortunately, well-intentioned resolutions like “be more social,” “meet new friends,” and “go out more” never really stood a chance in 2020!
While those posts were good for a laugh, they also got me thinking about setting a New Years Resolution for 2021. I initially wondered whether it even made sense to make a resolution considering the ongoing uncertainty of this pandemic. But ultimately, I decided to adopt a strategy I’ve been using frequently this year, which I like to call “lowering the bar.” 😉
And that’s when I came up with the perfect, totally achievable, low-stress New Years Resolution for 2021—to drink more water!
Why Should I Resolve To Drink More Water?
Staying hydrated has a multitude of health benefits, including helping you to feel more energized, improving your mood, treating and preventing headaches, aiding digestion and weight loss, and improving the overall health of your skin. Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the most effective (and not to mention easiest) things you can do for your health!
While not everyone needs exactly 8 glasses a day, it’s an easy-to-remember goal that can help ensure you’re reaping water’s many benefits. Exactly how much water should you drink? According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s no magic number for every person, but the average man should drink about 3.7 liters (or 15.5 cups) of water a day while the average woman should consume about 2.7 liters (or 11.5 cups.)
Around 20% of that daily fluid intake will likely come from the food you eat, and there are plenty of other factors that could influence how much water you need. The could include things like how much you exercise, the climate you live in, and your overall health.
While many of us know we should drink more water, it can be tough to reach our daily goals. So I thought I’d put us on the right track by finding a few useful solutions that can help support our hydration goals and remind us to keep sipping throughout the day!
So whether you tend to forget to drink water, hate carrying around a bulky bottle, or just aren’t crazy about the taste of plain water, there’s an innovative product below that can help! 🙂
5 Clever Products That Will Help You Drink More Water
Perfect For: Those who think plain water is boring
If you just aren’t excited by the prospect of gulping down cup after cup of flavorless liquid, add a little pizzazz to your water with a Savvy Infusion water bottle! Fill the infuser core with citrus, berries, cucumbers, or even fresh herbs to add flavor to your water without adding anything artificial. Once you find a favorite flavor combination, you may end up finding it hard to resist!
Perfect For: Those who forget to drink water
Even the most well-intentioned would-be water drinkers can get busy and forgetful! If you could use a nudge now and again, this smart hydration reminder will gently encourage you to sip regularly.
Just slide the stretchy, non-slip band around a water bottle, and the blinking light will remind you to drink more water after 40 minutes of no activity. This noise-free gadget is all-in-one (no apps or downloads necessary) and the reminder light is bright enough to get your attention without bothering your coworkers. I love that the design options include bright colors and phrases of encouragement!
Perfect For: Those who don’t want to carry around a bulky bottle
If you hate carrying around a chunky water bottle or are notorious for setting it down and walking away without it, this flexible water bottle could be just the thing you need. It can be rolled up or folded when not in use, making it perfect for travel, and it has a handy carabiner so you’ll never accidentally leave it behind.
Perfect For: Those who don’t want to stop for refills
Or maybe you don’t mind toting around your reusable water bottle, but you don’t want to have to keep refilling it throughout the day? The Life Bottle holds one whole gallon of water (that’s 16 cups!), so you only have to fill it up in the morning.
The handy time markers on the side of this bottle serve as reminders to keep drinking throughout the day, and its commanding size will make it hard to overlook. And as an added bonus, the built-in handle makes it easy to carry around.
Perfect For: Those who thrive on competition
If you’re the type who turns everything into a contest, or you know that competition helps keeps you motivated, give the Plant Nanny app a try! It turns drinking water into a competitive game where you can set goals, challenge your friends, and watch your virtual plants grow every time you drink water (or die when you don’t drink enough!)
You’ll have fun dominating the game, and you’ll stay well hydrated in the process—it’s a win-win!
What are your tips and tricks for drinking more water?