Grab a cup of water and let's chat.
I know that during aquatic fitness class some my students don't want to drink water during class because they will (and hopefully they do ) have to get out of the pool to urinate. I appreciate that!
After class is great time to replenish if you have this concern. But many people tell me they don't drink water AT ALL ANYTIME because they do not like the taste. Or they say water is "boring". I get that, but we still need water! So here are some things I have done -
1. Make the water drinking fun - Try adding colorful straws, ice cubes etc. The straws make it easier to drink water quickly. Get a cute water bottle cheap from Target, CVS or Homegoods. Next time your pool or gym offers free water bottles, grab one.
2. Give yourself a goal - Make it reasonable, like adding a cup of water to every meal, taking a sip from each water fountain you see. Drink a glass of water during commercials. Start small to see big results
3. Make DIY Fruit Waters - Delicious and beautiful. Monica's recipe calls for fresh fruit, I personally use frozen fruit for my DIY waters, but I am sure fresh fruit is wonderful!
4. Want to add some kick to that water? - add chili powder and lime. It is like having a Thai soup without the veggies. Or try ginger root warmed in hot water then chilled - it is spicy but refreshing!
5. Need more exotic ideas? Try adding a little vinegar - ACV or White Balsamic Fig Infused Vinegar. The fig infused vinegar in cool water will rock your world. This is also a good one - take a couple pieces of star anise and drop them in your water bottle and just leave them there the whole day. Also, bitters can make water interesting as well - try adding a little of your favorite or try Angostura bitters.
I have tried all of these and like most, you will need to find what works for you and your tastes. As always, ask your medical professional before you change or add anything to your diet.
I bet you did not know how interesting and exotic water could be so get a cup and explore. See you at the pool, Mel