How to Stop Being a Camel: 3 Simple Hacks to Boost Your Water Intake
I think I’m a camel.
I can go for days without thinking about drinking a glass of plain, straight-up water. But ask me to go a day without drinking a cup of black tea, sweetened with vanilla stevia and a splash of organic milk, and I would nearly implode.
Who can live witout tea? (Not this want-to-be Brit.)
I also love freshly made juice. Give me a glass of my favorite green juice, and I’m happy.
Now, I know this lack of water consumption is doing me no favors. I’m here, in the middle of winter, and my skin is quite dry, my tongue has those frilly indents on the sides, and I do feel a little bit lethargic. I know that all of these issues are from dehydration. I’m not kidding myself.
So, what’s stopping me from drinking a glass of water?
Well, I’ll tell you — boredom!
Drinking a glass of water is the most boring chore I can think of. I don’t think that I actually ever feel thirsty, so the only reason that I would be drinking water is if I forced myself. And, to be completely honest, forcing myself to do anything leaves me feeling mildly aggravated, frustrated, and down right bored.
This week, I finally realized that a change was needed. I can’t avoid drinking water anymore. And, I know that I’m over thinking this whole conundrum.
To help me to transform my aqua issue, I came up with some strategies that are working really well for me.
But before we talk strategy, let’s talk about how much water you actually need to drink, on a daily basis. Let’s get scientific!
I felt overwhelmed by the mere thought of drinking water because my brain was all caught up in a fantasy that I needed to drink at least 4 liters of water a day. I don’t know how I came up with that number, but it was overwhelming enough to stop me from taking action.
I never got to the point of pouring a glass of water because I already built up a wall of resistance blocking me from moving forward. I thought 4 liters of water a day was too much of a hurdle to overcome, so I chose to ignore drinking water, entirely.
Getting the facts first always will calm down overwhelm.
I decided to do some research to figure out how much water I actually needed to drink, so that I had an amount based in reality instead of overwhelmed fantasy land.
Here is what I discovered.
How to Calculate How Much Water You Need Each Day:
Adequate water consumption needs to be based on each individual: body weight and amount of exercise each day needs to be factored in.
Now, there are a bazillion water consumption calculators on Google. But here is the simplest calculation:
Body Weight divided by 2. Half of your body weight equals the number of ounces of water you should drink each day (if you do not exercise).
I’m 122 pounds. 122 divided by 2 equals 61. So, I should drink 61 ounces of water a day (if I don’t exercise). 61 ounces = 1.8 liters. And, in my mind, drinking 1.8 liters is so doable. I mean, that’s a lot easier than 4 liters! That’s only 2 of my super pretty Sigg Bottles.
Note: if you exercise, you will need to drink 12 more ounces for each 30 minute time period of exercise. So, if you are exercising for 1 hour, you will have to add an additional 24 ounces of water to your daily intake (two 30-minute segments of exercise x 12 ounces = 24 ounces).
If Carl is 198 pounds, he will have to drink 99 ounces of water per day. If Carl exercises for 1.5 hours per day, as well, he will have to add an additional 36 ounces to his daily consumption.
(198/2 = 99 oz + 12 x 3 = 36 oz. For a grand total of 135 oz per day or 4 liters of water.)
Emma is 145 pounds. She will have to drink 73 ounces of water each day (if she doesn’t exercise). If Emma exercises for 1 hour, she will have to add an additional 24 ounces of water to her daily consumption for a grand total of 97 ounces or 2.8 liters.
(145/2 = 73 oz. + 12 x 2 = 24 oz. For a grand total of 97 ounces or 2.8 liters.)
3 Strategies to Drink More Water
I love to strategize. So, I came up with 3 strategies to tackle my internal dry desert. Here’s what I came up with that works best.
1. Eliminate the Boredom:
Drinking plain water is so boring for me. So, I decided to eliminate the boredom. I know that I need to drink 1.8 liters of water a day (that’s 2 of my Sigg Bottles). To do that, successfully, I started to make sugar-free lemonade. The most important factor here is water. And, to make this chore more fun, just add lemon!
- 500 ml of water (17 ounces)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 15-20 drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid Stevia
2. Beep, Beep…Drink Some Damn Water Already!
Most of the day, I’m sitting in front of my computer, writing. Since I’m so stationary, I have the luxury to schedule out my day, and put myself on a couple of timers. On my phone, I set two alarms: one at 11 am the other at 4 pm. These are the times that I make my sugar-free lemonade.
I find having a set schedule, with an alarm, helps me to eliminate my water-drinking-forgetfulness.
3. Measure it. Drink it.
After calculating your daily water requirement, I think it’s best to select a water vessel (glass, bottle, etc) knowing exactly how much fits into that vessel. This is why I chose to use my pretty Sigg Bottle — I know exactly how much water fits into this vessel. Don’t leave this up to guess work — that transports you into fantasy land, and we need to stay put in reality. You need to know how much water you are consuming, so just measure it before drinking it.
How do you get your water on? Leave a comment below with more tips.