I teach exercise classes, and participants (mainly seniors) tell me that they don't drink enough water. They usually just don't think of it. So I've shared this tip, and they say it has really helped them.
Before you make a long phone call, sit down with a good book, watch a TV show, or whatever, put a small glass of water next to you. Tell yourself that when you finish with that, the glass will be empty. Then take sips. If it's not empty when you finish, just drink the glass of water! I recommend a small glass at first, then you can use larger glasses as you progress. It's a good way to remember to keep hydrated.
By Jan from St. Petersburg, FL
I'm one that doesn't particularly like to drink water. Don't really know why, I just don't. But I know I should. So I started keeping a bottle of water near me. I only buy a case of bottled water maybe one case every 6 months or so. With the cost of everything else going so sky high, I just can't afford to buy botttled water all the time. I just make sure and wash the empty bottles out well and disinfect them before refilling them.
But I set aside 2 bottles (16 oz each) per day. I keep them both on the end table next to the chair I sit in the most. Other than my morning cup of tea, I don't allow myself to drink anything else until I've drank one bottle. Then I can have one glass of something else, then back to the water again till it's gone.
Now I know I'm getting enough water every day and not filling up on soda or iced tea or whatever.
I like using the bottles tho because (at least in my household where my cat sneaks up on the table or I might get clumsy) it's safe if it gets knocked over. Plus it's easier to pick and take outside or in the car with me too.
By the way, in the summertime I up it to 4 bottles of water. And on lawn mowing day, I keep a bottle with me on the mower too.
For as long as I can remember, my mom ALWAYS had a glass of iced tea nearby-next to her chair in the living room, on the counter if she was in the kitchen, she even took it outside with her. I grew up with the habit & continued it. I always have had a glass of iced tea or water nearby that I drink from off & on all day long, refilling as needed. When I had babies(& a naughty cat) that I had to worry about getting into my glass, I went to the gas station & bought an insulated travel mug with a lid on it,the only place you could get them at the time-added benefit,my ice didn't melt anymore!). When we travel, we all have travel mugs we keep filled. I never had a problem staying hydrated until recently when I have just seemed to quit wanting to drink anything for some reason.
I never knew this was not normal for people until I was an adult & realized that most people only have a glass of something to drink when they have a meal & maybe occasionally a quick sip from the faucet. My in-laws are this way, my mother-in-law acted like she thought I was crazy when I would visit & always had a drink nearby. Realizing she wasn't comfortable with me having a glass in the living room, I respectfully kept my glass in the kitchen on the table or counter & would return to drink from it all day. Except that whenever I walked off & left the glass(even if it was full & it was MY travel mug) she would dump it out & wash the glass.-her way of showing me she didn't like my habit! Well,they live where I grew up,in a place with very low humidity.Since I hadn't lived there for years,I got very dehydrated whenever I visited & needed to keep drinking. So, we had a small battle-first, I kept reminding her that I had still been drinking from that glass, she would purse her lips & inform me that she'd thought I was finished since I set the glass down. When I realized she was doing it deliberately, I would just retrieve my glass & refill it with ice & water or tea. She didn't appreciate it that I was using so much of her ice & tea and even water(even though I bought & made tea while visiting) & became very irritated over it, but I would act innocent & remind her that she had poured my drink out so I had to get more. It only took her about 5 years of visits to figure out that maybe she should stop pouring my drink out if hse wanted me to quit using all of her ice! LOL!
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