How I Learned to Up My Water Intake

As you may have read in my post about running yesterday, I had to make some pretty drastic changes to my dietary habits after I had a pretty bad health issue. One of the things I was tasked with was to drink more water. I tried really hard in high school, I really did, but I was terrible. I was allowed to carry a water bottle from class to class, even though some of my teachers had a thing against open containers. They knew I was a good kid who had a medical condition and needed to try to fix my body, so they let it slide. Well, most of them, anyway.

When I got to college, I found it much easier to keep my water intake high because I was just closer to water fountains. In Cogswell, there are several water fountains all over the place and only a few of them have funny-tasting water – most of them are actually pretty good. I can fill up my water bottle without problem, especially because the room that I basically live in has a sink in it. I think that’s one of the most difficult things about drinking water – you can drink as much as you want, but if you can’t refill your bottle, you’re basically out of luck.

Another thing that I’ve found helps me keep accountable for the water I’ve been drinking is an app called Plant Nanny. It sounds really dumb, but you basically water a virtual plant every time you drink water yourself. If you go a certain amount of days without drinking enough water, your plant will wither and eventually die. It’s really upsetting when the plants die, so I have do everything possible to keep them from dying.

Drinking water also just makes me feel a million times better than drinking anything else. I haven’t had pop since before New Year’s (other than my one cheat day when my Dad and I went to an All-You-Can-Eat Pirates Game) and I think that really helps with my water intake. I really don’t have any other options, other than like juice or hot chocolate. And those two aren’t really as readily available as water is, so that really helps my choices.

I could go into telling you how great water is for you, but I’m sure that you’ve heard that sort of thing on the Internet all the time. In general, I think it’s just important that you always keep a water bottle handy in places where you have opportunities to refill it. That’s probably the biggest tip I can give!

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