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  • Christine Smith

Create one good habit and things attach!

Too many times we try tackling too many things all at once. If we can make one healthy change or addition, watch other healthy habits manifest and attach to it.

A fairly simple habit to start with is hydration. Figure out your daily water needs. It's usually more than you think! Do your best every day to meet your hydration number. It will take time, and it may sound shocking, but prioritize your hydration above your food and fitness! Without proper hydration you won't get the results you are looking for in your nutrition and fitness pursuits.

Our bodies are made up of mostly water and, as we age, that percentage of water decreases. (Side note: get your body composition analyzed to know your total body water! Book a Body Composition Analysis $25). Dehydration could actually be one of the primary reasons we feel tired, experience mental fog, and have a hard time letting go of excess body fat. The old recommendation of 8 glasses of water a day is outdated. How could 8 glasses of water be sufficient hydration for a 130-pound female and a 200-pound male? Drinking more water may seem trivial compare to the foods on your plate, but staying hydrated is crucial to not just achieving your short-term goals, but to maintaining long-term, sustained health.

So how much water should you drink?

- Divide your body weight by 2 and you will get the number of ounces/day you should be drinking.

- If you do a sweaty workout, are out in the sun for a couple hours, or have a cold, multiply your daily ounces by 1.2

MAKE IT HAPPEN - using the steps below, make a plan on how you can tackle upping your hydration.

- Find or buy a water bottle that you will start using.

- Measure the amount of water that bottle holds. Divide your daily ounces by the ounces of water that bottle holds. You will need to consume that many bottles of water each day!

- Make a plan on how/when you'll drink those bottles.