The familiar recommendation one for all and all for one of drinking 8, 8 oz. cups of water a day is a thing of the past. The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not include a specific quantity of water to drink. What the Guidelines specifically state is that "healthy individuals, in general, have an adequate total water intake to meet their needs when they have regular access to drinking water and other beverages. The combination of thirst and typical behaviors, such as drinking beverages with meals, provides sufficient total water intake.” They also state, “Contrary to popular belief, there is no official scientifically-based recommendation to ‘drink 8 glasses of water per day’.” So, if you are "in general" a "healthy individual" and you have "access to drinking water", the amount of water you need depends on several factors, including but not limited to the climate you live in, your muscle mass and your physical activities.
All of that aside, if you are trying to lose weight, or want to feel healthier, or wanting to drink less of something else and replace it with water, I am the biggest fan of drinking those 8, 8 oz. cups of water which equates to 64 oz. or ½ gallon of water per day.
Think of it another way. You are made of at least 60% water. Every system in your body depends on it. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides moisture to tissues. It helps your bodily functions, keeps fatigue at bay and can help control your weight. At the very least, we can all agree that water is important and vital.
So, let’s make this fun and achievable. Throw out your list of reasons why you do not drink more water and consider the following 8 ideas as possibilities that might work for you. Keep in mind that you are successful if you drink more water today than you did yesterday. You have to start somewhere!
8 Ways to Drinking 8 - 8 oz. Cups of Water
Your ultimate goal is to drink more of what you are made of. Drinking one more glass of water today than you did yesterday is a celebration! If it displaces the more caloric drinks in your diet, then you get the double bonus. Which one or more of these 8 will work for you?
You have what it takes to be successful. There are things in your life that are working very well and you can name what those are. What is it that makes it work? Is it because you plan, strategize, focus, have a support system in place and/or because you enjoy it? What are your motivators that make you successful and what are the strategies you have in place when obstacles get in the way? We all know about those obstacles!
Creating healthy habits in nutrition and fitness is no different than how you plan for and tackle any other project. If you have been thinking about making a change in this area, there are processes you are using in other areas of your life that you can use to create sustainable behavior change in your diet and exercise habits. All you need is one in a row...just like in business. One in a row sets you up for your next sell, your next success, your next negotiation, your increased confidence and your swagger. Success breeds success, and all you need is one in a row.
What I am going to ask you to do is easy...yes...easy. It is easy because you are choosing something that you know you can achieve. It is specific and actionable. Only you know what works for you. It is the change that will make you feel invigorated and inspired. You only need one in a row, because one in a row turns into two in a row; and we are taking this one day at a time.
Below is a list of 50 ideas you can choose from, or create one that works for you. State what you will do aloud, not what you won’t do. Then write it down so you can see it everyday. Choose one positive, healthy and achievable change that you know will make you feel better and even more amazing than you already are! Start today. Share what your plan is with your supporters and know your strategies for success when obstacles get in the way. It can be as simple as drinking one glass of water when you think you are hungry and waiting 30 minutes before making that decision. That one extra glass of water is the life giving resource that you are made of. That is a big deal if you know you need to drink more water. Start with one extra glass per day and that is one step toward a healthier you.
It doesn't need to be a big change. It needs to be a meaningful change (to YOU), and a step in the right direction. The goal is sustainable behavior change, and that, most of the time, comes with small steps.
Go for one in a row today! Then again tomorrow. Success breeds success and you can do it!
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Disclosure: Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before beginning any diet or exercise program and ask whether you are healthy enough to engage in a diet and exercise program. Never disregard, avoid or delay in obtaining medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider concerning your overall health and wellness, including your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. It is your choice to follow the suggestions, opinions and advice given by a Health Inspires wellness coach.