Amplify Your Water Consumption With This Winning Strategy
“For ideal health, drink a gallon of water a day.” That’s advice we’ve all heard for years, including right here on Medium, but in practice, it’s so hard to achieve! It’s hard to find time in our busy lives to consume that much water. Today I will share my journey with this challenge, and a mind trick that can help get you to your goal. It helped me!
Before I get to the trick, though, I have to share one thing I was doing wrong. I kept a red cup filled with ice water next to my computer desk, and when the cup got down to around half-full I would walk to the kitchen and refill it. This left me with no way to gauge exactly how much water I was gulping per day. It felt like about half a gallon or maybe a little less, but I couldn’t know for sure.
My path to a gallon per day began when I switched to drinking out of a water bottle of a known size, and I made myself drink it all the way to the end before getting a refill. Now I could measure; now I could count.
Are there any basketball fans reading this?
If you’re not a basketball fan, don’t worry. You don’t need to be one to follow along.
Isn’t it exciting to watch your favorite basketball team run up the score? As the end of the game nears, you root for them to make it to 100. It’s a completely arbitrary number, and it’s certainly less important than scoring more points than the other team… but there’s something compelling about adding that third digit, closing out the game with that “1” at the front.
I drink water out of 16-ounce bottles. The secret, I’ve found, is not to count the number of bottles, but the number of ounces. 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 96… don’t those seem like bigger accomplishments than 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6?
Try it out. When you crack open that 7th bottle of the day, you’re driving down the lane to score that basket that will put you over 100… all the way to 112, specifically. From there, one more bottle is an easy jump shot to run up the score to 128 and complete your full gallon.
One more thing before we leave the topic of basketball: Go Grizzlies!
High-scoring hydration (metric system version)
We’ll turn to a different sport for inspiration using metric measurements. One gallon of water is approximately 4 liters. In football — or soccer, as it is known in the United States — it is considered to be a high-scoring match if a team scores 4 goals in one game. Imagine that with each liter bottle, or every two 500cc bottles, you’re letting one fly right into the net.
As you finish off that 4th liter, feel yourself sliding across that grassy pitch, arms outstretched in victory, your teammates rushing to pile upon you to celebrate your outstanding achievement. You did it!
Sure, it’s corny, but if it works, it works. There’s nothing like ending the day with a sense of accomplishment. When you use visions of basketball, football/soccer, or whatever motivator you choose to run up the score on your water intake, you can rest well, your goal having been secured.
What are your mind tricks to boost your water consumption? Share them in the comments.