Holy Hannah. It’s so hot already! We spent about 12 hours at the pool last week. Really. No one is showing any signs of slowing down, and I’m okay with that. We start back up with dance class and an art class this week, so between all the normal family errands, the classes, therapy appointments, and FUN things like park dates and pool days, we seem to be constantly on the go.
Our temps have broken the 100 degree mark, and they’ll more or less stay there for the next several months. I found that while Milo has been great about man-shouting “MORE CUUUUUUP!” when he’s thirsty, Sophie and I weren’t as great about keeping up with our water intake.
So, as I do, I made it a mission. For the last few weeks, I’ve been drinking over a gallon of water a day (!!!), and other than lots of trips to the loo, my body has never been happier. My skin feels great, my body feels great, and my energy is up.
Here are a few ways I make sure I get enough water in the day for myself and my kids.
1. Make it obvious and convenient.
If I can’t see my water, I won’t drink it. I get caught up in busyness, or simply forget. Keeping our water bottles and cups bright and visible makes them accessible and more likely to be finished. We have a little corner that both kids can reach on our kitchen counter where we keep water. Everyone can easily help themselves throughout the day, and I never lose water bottles. It also helps when those water bottles are a nice, bright color or happy print.
2. Make it taste great.
When we moved to our current house, we were disappointed to discover that our water…didn’t taste great. We’ve been using a Brita pitcher for almost 3 years now, and it makes a big difference for us. I love the Brita water bottles because they can make almost any water taste great no matter where we fill them up. We picked a few up in the hardware section at Walmart, and they’ve been perfect.
For times when I want to change things up, a sprig of fresh mint, a few slices of lemon or cucumber, or a piece of fresh ginger are my flavor go-tos.
3. Take it with you.
I’m getting so much better at drinking plenty of water at home, and I always (ALWAYS!) pack some for the kids when we leave the house, but unless I have great-tasting water on hand, I find myself at the park, out running errands, or in art class without a drink. Blah. Bringing water with us everywhere means we’re never stuck without it, and (bonus) I don’t have to listen to “MAMA I THIRRRRSTYYYYY!” or “I WAN WAAAAAATERRRRRRR!” while we’re grocery shopping or in the car. Win all around.
4. Schedule regular breaks.
On that note, I’ve found that by building regular water breaks into our routine, we’re always properly hydrated. Any time we play outside, we immediately wash hands and get a drink when we come in. Because it’s the routine, it’s automatic and easy. When we’re out swimming or at a splash pad, we also take breaks every once in a while for water, which keeps everyone’s energy up. (Did you know you still sweat and lose water while you swim? You do!)
5. Eat lots of water-rich produce.
Lastly, we try to get in plenty of produce throughout the day. We always try to focus our meals and snacks on fruits and veggies, but in the hot summer months, this is even more important. Fruits and vegetables naturally contain lots of water, as well as natural sugars, salts, and amino acids that help restore your body’s electrolyte balance. Isn’t nature the best?