Happy Wednesday! Today is January 4th and I am in day 4 of my New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, plural. A few of my resolutions are secret. They are things I wish to accomplish but if I don’t then no one is the wiser! The other big thing is getting in shape, physically and mentally. So, I’m starting with exercise and drinking lots of water. So what is the rule of thumb for daily water intake requirements? Let’s look!
According to the Mayo Clinic our bodies need LOTS of water. That is probably why God only gave us water to start with. The Mayo Clinic recommends men drink 3 liters of water per day which is equivalent to 13 cups. For women they recommend drinking 2.2 liters or 9 cups per day. That is a lot of water! How can one person drink that much in one day?
To help me achieve my water drinking goals I bought a jug at the grocery store by American Maid that is specifically labeled “Your Daily Requirement of Water”. It holds 2.3 liters so I’m guessing this is the female water bottle version. This is great because you can use it over and over . It is plastic, easy to clean and has a large handle and pop up drinking spout. Unfortunately it does not fit in the cup holder in my car. Nor will it fit in yours. It’s big.
Monday was my first day with the water bottle. I only got through about half of it. Yesterday even though I went to the gym, I still didn’t get through a whole 2.3 liters. (It doesn’t fit in my spinning bike bottle holder either.) So today I’m trying it again. I figure this container equals about 5 of my regular water bottles. This is also great because it will reduce the amount of water bottles I need to recycle. My challenge to myself is to get to where I’m drinking this much water per day and see how much better I feel. In all fairness, the Mayo Clinic does mention women need 9 cups of BEVERAGES per day. So I can probably knock off a few cups of water by drinking coffee (which is made of water) and a gin and tonic or two (which is also basically water.)
Based on my new water calculations, I’m in! Any actual water left in the jug will go to water my plants but hopefully I’ll get used to it and meet one of my goals. What is your New Year Resolution(s)? Hope you have a wonderful day! xoxo Dell