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HOW I STARTED TO DRINK MORE WATER AT WORK

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Water. Your body is made of approximately 60% of it. It’s the primary building block of all your cells. And we’ve all heard the old adage to drink 8 glasses of water a day or else….

I’m not sure how this message got around though, maybe via chain e-mail? Something that looked a little like…

—-drink 8 glasses of water a day

——-drink 8 glasses of water a day

———-drink 8 glasses of water a day

————-drink 8 glasses of water a day

—————-drink 8 glasses of water a day

————-drink 8 glasses of water a day

———-drink 8 glasses of water a day

——-drink 8 glasses of water a day

—-drink 8 glasses of water a day

“Send this to 10 beautiful people. If you do you will have good fortune forever and your crush will finally ask you on a date. However, if you break this chain, you will be cursed with ugliness for the rest of your life!”

Anyways.

Apparently, the “rule” of 8 glasses (1.893 L or 64 oz) is nothing more than a guideline. There are, however, still plenty of reasons to make sure you drink more water in order to maintain good health.

For example, if you’re aiming to shed some pounds, trying to get skin smoother than a geisha, looking to energize your muscles before exercise and help clear toxins from your kidneys, you know what the perfect beverage is to reach for.

A tall glass of water.

Drinking Water at the Office

In my opinion, the best place to drink more water is at the office. Sitting around and typing away all day at a desk makes drinking water an easy activity. I used to use a stainless water bottle, the type with a cap you had to unscrew every time I drank. This bottle would hold about 500mL of liquid and was opaque.

stainless steel

I was lucky if I got up to fill up my bottle once throughout the day. On average, I would drink one and a half bottles (500mL + 250mL = 750mL/ day or 25 oz) by 5pm. That’s way less than half of the recommended guideline of 64 oz., However, it wasn’t just the guidelines that I wanted to follow- I also wanted to drink just a bit more to improve my overall health.

Using a Clear Bottle and Adding a Straw

Then, one day at home, after rummaging through an overstuffed kitchen cabinet, I came across a 750 mL glass bottle that once contained cold-pressed juice. Putting on my dark rimmed glasses, flannel shirt and beanie hat, I boarded the hipster train and decided to use the bottle as my new water bottle at work.

exciting stuff

Changing to this glass bottle was one of the best decision I have ever made. It’s up there, along with traveling to Machu Picchu, taking up yoga and learning how to bike in the city.

I liked how this bottle was clear so I could see my water levels. Again, I found myself filling up the bottle once a day, however, this time using a larger bottle meant that I was drinking more than I did with the stainless steel bottle (750mL vs 500mL).

The only thing was that it was a bit heavy to lift up and tilt back every time I wanted to take a sip.

going to gym

That’s when my superb problem-solving skills kicked in and I decided to use the extra (clean) straw I had from Starbucks laying around at my desk.

The next thing I knew, I was constantly and mindlessly sipping from my water bottle.

How I Started To Drink More Water

Whenever I was reading a report or sifting through emails, my left hand automatically would reach for my glass bottle. On average, by the end of the work day, I would drink around 1.5-2 water bottles, the equivalent of roughly 1100-1400mL or ~43 oz which was ⅔ of the way to the recommended guideline.

I found that using a straw really helping me to drink more water. First, sipping from a straw required way less effort compared to chugging. Being the lazy creature that I am, I am always more inclined to go for the more efficient method.

Secondly, research shows that one way to quickly de-stress your brain and body is to start sucking, as weird as that may sound. The sucking action is actually a primitive way to be comforted. Just consider babies and toddlers who are upset. What do you do to soothe them? Nurse them, let them suck their thumbs or use their pacifiers.

Therefore, sucking water from a straw is a gentle and subtle way of helping me ease my mind at work.

So overall, I believe that I really optimized my water intake by making the following adjustments:

  • Replacing my opaque bottle with a transparent one, which helped me see my water levels.
  • Getting a larger bottle that would contain more water and trick me into finishing it more often.
  • Using a straw because I was too lazy to tilt my “heavy” water bottle.

I also believe that I increased my trips to the washroom.

Cool Looking Water Bottles

If you’re looking to drink more water, here are a few bottles currently on the market to help your motivation (and these are way nicer than my old glass bottle and measly straw).

Note: I have since upgraded my half-bitten, bacteria-filled green Starbucks straw to a more sturdy one that I bought from Amazon.  

1. Camelbak Water Bottle which has bite valve and is clear so you can see your water levels.

 

 

 

 

2. Cupture Cup which can be used for both hot and cold drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Filter Water Bottle with a Fruit Infuser (Drinking strawberry and cucumber infused water at work? Seriously fancy stuff.) 

 

 


 

 

 

4. Contigo AUTOSPOUT Water Bottle contains volume markings so you can measure and track your intake.

 

 

 

 

 

Another option is to download and use a drinking water app that can remind you to stay hydrated.

In the comments: What methods do you use to drink more water throughout the day?

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2 Comments

  1. When I am at work all day I try to drink as often as I can, I like to take the small break to go refill my glass =o) Gets me away from the desk for a few minutes to stretch my legs =o)

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    • Modern Flourish Modern Flourish

      Love this! Thanks for reading!

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