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Multitask: Drinking More Water During the Day

I've recently discovered that by adding one healthy practice for myself, I am actually adding two healthy practices.

It's not rocket-science, I know, but I have realized that drinking more water throughout the day does more than just keep me hydrated. Drinking more water also enables me to take more steps throughout the day. How you ask? Well, the more water I drink, the more I have to actually get up from my desk (gasp, I know) and walk to the bathroom. An added bonus: In our office the bathrooms are on another floor entirely, which means I end up taking the stairs. After a few extra trips to the bathroom I've gotten a few extra hundred steps closer to reaching my goal of 10,000 steps per day. I am not saying drown yourself in water, since drinking too much water can lead to water toxicity. However, if you're only going to the bathroom once or twice a day, chances are you're not drinking enough water. Check out Fit's Calculator to see how much water you should be drinking.

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akrsouth akrsouth 10 years
Use your Morning travel mug once empty of coffee or tea. You will drink more when the water is cold.
Swangeese Swangeese 10 years
An easy way to check your hydration level is to look at your urine. Clear and pale urine means that you are hydrated whereas dark urine is a sign of dehydration.
krisua krisua 10 years
I am afraid I drink too much water a day, about 3 liters. Tell me FitSugar, what does water toxicity mean, what are the symptoms?
SU3 SU3 10 years
I always carry my water bottle with me EVERYWHERE. Having it with me all the time helps me stay hydrated.
briggs313 briggs313 10 years
Haha I'm the same way ... i can only get about 5 bottles of poland spring size in me a day! And i end up making like 8 trips to the bathroom ... i can't imagine how people can drink 8 bottles a day, my recommended amount!
fab4 fab4 10 years
I found a great trick to FORCE me to drink more H20. I bought one of those epensive bottles of water (Voss, or Figi, etc.) and drank it, but I took it to work and I just keep refilling it with normal tap water. For some reason, this helps me to drink it more!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I just started trying to get more water in during the day, too...and thought of the same benefit!! haahaha. My original goal...no kidding...was to have my water intake fully taken care of at work so I can have a beer or soda at home without feeling like "but I should have a water!"
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