I like to keep an active lifestyle, that is why I go to the gym almost every day. Since I sweat a lot, I need to properly hydrate too. But I do not do that on a regular basis.
I usually drink 42oz (1,25 liters) of water per day but I am well aware of the fact that it is not enough. Sometimes, I even reach 50oz (1,5 liters), but I am striving for 67oz (2 liters), as I am conscious that water is the best fuel for my body.
How much water I drink now
I start my morning with an 8oz (250 ml) cup of coffee. I do not consider it very healthy, but I really need it for the energy boost it provides throughout a busy working day. Water-wise, I drink one 16oz (500 ml) bottle of water until noon. After that, I usually get caught up with work that my next drink is right before starting exercising (around 7 pm), when I drink about 8oz (250 ml) of water. After my gym session, I drink a full 16oz (500 ml) bottle. And that’s about it.
How much water I want to drink
I want to drink the recommended 2 liters/day.
How I plan to increase my daily water intake
- Install a reminder to drink more water.
- Carry a reusable 16oz (500 ml) water bottle with me at all times.
After browsing the app store, I decided to install the app called Waterlogged. I have also read some reviews online about the best water apps and since almost all of them mentioned this app, I wanted to give it a try.
I thought that this reminder will push me to drink more water. Unfortunately, it was not the case. I managed to drink more water, but for different reasons.
Here’s how it went:
I have installed the app and made a few observations:
- I have not received a confirmation email after registering on the app.
- After uninstalling and installing the app again, there was still no confirmation email. The second time I was able to register using the same credentials, but still didn’t receive a confirmation email.
- In order to receive notifications to drink more water, I would have to upgrade my account to a premium one. That means I have to pay $5 for the app to deliver what it promised.
I drank 1,737 ml of water. The water app did not send me alerts, as I have not upgraded it to business, but keeping my water bottle with me all the time definitely helped increase my water intake.
I drank 1,737 ml of water. It was like the water bottle on the desk kept staring at me and pushed me to empty it as frequent as possible.
I drank 1,973 ml of water. This was the day I had caught a really bad flu, so I really needed to hydrate properly.
Day 2 with the flu. It’s also the day I reached the 2 liters goal (2,210 to be specific), the message “Congratulations” appeared on the app but I could not share the good news with my friends. Although I kept pressing “I Am Successful”, nothing happened.
I drank 2,210 ml of water. Day 3 with the flu. I was in really bad need of as many fluids as possible.
I drank 2,210 ml of water. Day 4 with the flu. Although I felt better, I did not give up on my new habit of drinking more water.
- I have more energy throughout the day since I have started hydrating better
- My mood has significantly improved during the time I was sick due to liquid consumption
I recommend others to install a reminder in order to help them drink more water, just not the one I have chosen.