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In this week's challenge you must plan to help you stay hydrated and healthy. No doubt you’ve heard that it’s important to stay hydrated, but chances are you’re not drinking enough. Fluid is important for every cell and function in the body. Being dehydrated can cause headaches, fatigue and irritability, plus potentially increase your hunger. So boost your hydration with our simple seven-day challenge.

1 week hydration challenge

Day 1

Figure out how much you should be drinking every day.

Think that eight glasses of water a day is enough? Think again. Women need 70 to 90 ounces of liquid a day, while men need 100 to 125 ounces. That puts eight glasses (64 ounces) at the low end of the hydration spectrum. To get a better idea of your needs, use the Mindful Hydration Calculator. If you exercise, you’ll need to increase that total. The general rule is to drink four to eight ounces of liquid for every 20 minutes you exercise.

Day 2

Start tracking it.

The most important thing to do is keep score with your pour. By that she means you should track your fluid intake—otherwise you won’t know if you’ve hit your target. Try any of these methods to see which approach works best for you.

  • For every eight ounces you drink, check off a glass. By the end of the week, you’ll see if you’ve met your goal.
  • Use a refillable bottle with ounce markings and add your own time goals, like drinking eight ounces by 9 a.m., for example.
  • Most apps allow you to log what and how much you drink, as well as set alarms to remind you when to drink. Waterlogged, Fitbit, iHydrate or Hydro Coach can get you started.

Day 3

Reach for water first.

Simple and calorie-free, water quenches your thirst like no other drink. But if plain water isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Try sparkling water or jazz up your H2O with sliced ginger, lemon, or mint leaves or other herbs. Test out the flavor combinations below, then experiment with your favorite ingredients.

Prepare any of the combinations here or create your own blend. Add the ingredients to a two-quart pitcher and fill with water. Chill in the refrigerator overnight, then strain to remove the solids.

  • ½ English cucumber, sliced ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup sliced oranges 1 cup sliced limes
  • 1 cup sliced kiwis 1 cup sliced strawberries

Day 4

Add in the right calorie-containing beverages and weed out the wrong ones.

Water isn’t your only choice, but avoid beverages that pack calories without beneficial nutrients. Here’s what to drink—and what to pour down the drain.

Drink Up Skip It
Fat-free milk or unsweetened soymilk Flavored coffee drinks
Fruit smoothies Sports drinks
Fruit juice Sodas and sweetened waters
Unsweetened coffee or tea Alcohol

Day 5

Don’t just drink your water. Eat it too

Water-rich fruits and vegetables can play a big role in helping you meet your hydration needs. The following produce consists mostly of water while also providing key vitamins, antioxidants and heart-healthy fiber.

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries

Day 6

Drink throughout the day—not just at meals.

It’s important to be consistent with fluid all day long so you don’t have to play catch-up at night. Use these tips to keep the drinks flowing.

  • Have a glass of liquid when you wake up and about an hour before bed
  • Set an alarm on your phone to remind you throughout the day that it’s time to drink.
  • When you finish a glass or bottle of water, refill it right away.

Day 7

Don’t fall back on bad habits.

Congratulations! You’ve made it through your first week of healthy hydration habits. Now the key is to avoid reverting to your old routine. Keep yourself on track with these helpful tips

  • At mealtime, fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies to help increase your water intake.
  • Sometimes people mistake dehydration for hunger. If you feel hungry, first drink a glass of water and wait 10 to 20 minutes. Still sensing actual hunger pangs? Then go ahead and eat.
  • Do you need a fancy water bottle to drink more? No, but getting one you really like might give you an extra boost of motivation to drink up.

Suggested Reading:

7 Reasons Why Drinking 4 Liters Of Water A Day Is A Great Idea - Learn more here.

How much water should you drink per day - Learn more here.

This challenge was closed on 11/1/2020

1  members have accepted this challenge.
0  members have completed this challenge.

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