Here’s a tip for you…

I just discovered this on Sunday.

Here’s how you can increase your water intake and not even notice.

But first…

 What’s so important about getting enough water, anyway?

Our bodies are made up of 60 – 80% water (sources differed on this number.) Water is necessary for your body to function properly. Water acts as a thermostat regulating the bodies temperature, is a lubricant for the body, and contributes to all your bodily functions (even fat loss.) Without the proper amount of water, fat would not metabolize efficiently. Now, when fat loss is our goal, wouldn’t you want your body to burn fat as efficiently as possible, especially when it only takes a few more glasses of water per day?

I read that with only a 5% drop in water in your body you may have a 20-30% reduction in performance. Wow, I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford that. What about the decrease in cognitive skills as the body dehydrates? The ability to do simple math is greatly impaired.

How much do I have to drink?

Find out how much water your body needs with this water calculator.

Now, here is what I discovered…

Usually I try to get some work done around the house on Sundays. So, my wife and I come up with a list of needs and priorities, and then 3…2…1…GO!

This Sunday that just passed I was jamming through my list, however, I was feeling I was getting dehydrated, which is a good signal that I already was… oops. So I decided I would play a little game.

Every time I finished something on the list I would check it off and then have a glass of water. Bingo! It was refreshing, better than a food reward (I have done that before too, that doesn’t make you any stronger or faster by the way) and I could think clearer, and I felt revitalized for the next task on my list.

Well, that allowed me to quite easily increase my water intake that morning by about 5 glasses. That’s how many things were on my list. Hey I only had about an hour and a half before my son woke from his nap.

One way this strategy can be used is if you get a lot of phone calls during the day. For example, in an office setting, every time you get off the phone take a sip of water. Give it a try.

Stay hydrated, focused, and healthy with water.

See you under the bar!

–          Anthony

PS: Comment below on ways you have discovered to stay hydrated throughout the day.