Winter is here and so is a drier environment both inside and out. Help keep your body hydrated and working efficiently by drinking an adequate amount of water daily. While individual water requirements vary person to person, a general rule of thumb is to take your body weight (in pounds) and divide it by 2 to calculate the number of ounces you should be consuming each day (ex, body weight = 100/2 = 5o ounces of water, divide by 8 to calculate number of cups).
Here are a few ways you can remember to sip more throughout the day:
Before heading to bed, set a full water bottle on your nightstand. Upon waking, start drinking while you are getting ready for your day.
Drink a full glass each time you take a pill or supplement
Be sure to increase your water intake when working out and sweating
Always have a bottle of water in the car to drink while you are driving throughout the day
Replace juice, soda or tea with water during meals
Determine what helps you enjoy drinking water? What temperature do you prefer - cold, room temp, warm? Do you like like a squeeze of lemon/lime, a drop of peppermint essential oil or some fruit infusion?
Proper hydration helps keep our body and mind working at an optimal level and is even more crucial to maintain as we age. It's never too late to pick up a healthy habit so if you aren't a great water drinker now, try incorporating it into your routine more each day. If you are already drinking water regularly, GREAT WORK, keep it up and feel free to share your hydration tips with our community on social media or on this blog post.