How much water we drink does affect how productive we are.
There are a number of benefits to being optimally hydrated. A few examples are:
I'm going to focus on number 7 for a minute because, believe it or not, the biggest objection I get to drinking more water is, "I'll be going to be bathroom all the time." Yep, that's probably true. That means that instead of the waste in your body just sitting there, it will be flushed out of your system allowing you to function optimally. I'm going to take that one step further. If you are going to the bathroom more often, then you're moving more and there are plenty of benefits to that too.
So, drinking enough water is important. I have a few tips that can help you do just that. You see, if we learn to associate things we enjoy or do every day with things that we know we need to get better at, but haven't established as habits yet, we'll be more likely to do them. This applies in life, not just hydration, but for today I'll focus on that.
Here are 6 places you can put a water bottle to help make sure you are drinking more water:
Well, there you go. I'm sure there are places specific to you that you could place a water bottle to give you the opportunity to drink more water more consistently. If you hydrate consistently, you will be healthier.
A good rule of thumb about how much water you should drink is to shoot for 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day. That means if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water each day.
I've got a Nalgene bottle (link) that I bring with me everywhere. For under $15 you can drink more water and if you are an employer, you can invest $15 in each employee to give them the opportunity to hydrate more effectively, and if they use the bathroom more often as a result, GREAT!