Drinking water should already be part of your daily routine. But, even though you drink water, chances are you’re not drinking ENOUGH water. To get the most out of drinking water throughout the day, you should start as soon as you wake up. When you think about it, you’ve just gone 7-8 hours without any water all, so your body is starting off dehydrated. Your body needs water!
Gulping down some ice cold water will not only help your body rehydrate, but it will help your system detox from anything lingering from the night before and gives a nice boost to your metabolism. Yes, that’s right, we said metabolism. Drinking water first thing in the morning gives your metabolism a boost– some studies even estimate by about 24%! It also helps curb your appetite by ensuring you’re not starting the day off on a completely empty stomach.
If you were planning on waiting to have your water with breakfast, you may want to rethink that strategy. It’s a good idea to have your first glass of water before you eat your breakfast because it will help you feel fuller for longer. Not sure you can fit a glass of water into your daily routine? Thing again! Look at all of these daily opportunities to increase your water intake:
- When you wake up
- On your drive to work
- At your desk
- With lunch
- With your snack
- On your drive home from work
- At the gym
- With your dinner
- While watching tv
- Before bed (but not too much)
How Much Water Should You Drink?
To start your day with a good 16-24 ounces is one of the best things you can do. When you first start to do this, it will probably seem impossible and intimidating, but you can always start small and work your way into adding more water once you get used to it. There are a couple different “theories” as to how much water you should drink during the day. The most common one to remember is the 8×8 rule. It means you have eight x 8 ounces of water every day. A lot of people follow this rule because it’s easily attainable and easy to remember. Another theory suggests calculating how much water you should drink by how much you weigh, and drinking roughly ⅔ of your weight in ounces. So the more you weigh, the more water you should be consuming. And on top of that, the more active you are, the more water you should be consuming, too.
Whatever rule or goal you set for yourself, just know that you are doing something that is extremely healthy and beneficial for your entire body. We guarantee that it won’t take long for you to start seeing and feeling the benefits of your new healthy habit. So good luck, you can do it!
The Importance of Drinking Water & How Much You Should Drink