If you are anything like me, you struggle to drink enough water every day. And if you are like me, this next piece of information is going to blow. your. mind.: the old idea of 8, 8oz glasses of water every day is bunk. It doesn’t take into account your height, weight, activity level, or anything! A 100lb woman who works out for an hour every day won’t need the same amount of water as a 300lb woman who never works out, or a 300lb woman who does work out every day. Makes, sense, right?
So, how much water do you actually need to drink? To find out, take your weight and multiply it by 67% (or .67) and the total is the number of ounces you should drink if you are not working out or spending the day in the sun. So, if you weigh 130lb… 130x.67=87… 87oz of water every damn day!
For reals. And that’s just the base level – you should drink another 12oz for every 30 minutes you work out!
When I learned this, I about died. I mean, I don’t drink that much of anything in a day, let alone just water! It felt so insurmountable at first that I almost gave up before I even tried.
But then I didn’t. I didn’t give up. I tried really, really hard for longer than I care to admit and finally reached my goal water consumption! I defiantly don’t hit it every day, but I’ve changed some habits and made water a priority, so it’s way better than it used to be. To help me reach that goal, I tried lots of different things, one of which was flavoring my water like they do in fancy spas. Mmm… fancy water. Here are my two favorite water flavor combinations:
Strawberry Cucumber Basil Water
- 1/2 sliced cucumber
- fresh basil leaves
- 5 strawberries, sliced
Ginger Pear Water
- 1 sliced pear
- fresh ginger
Let ingredients mingle for a few hours and enjoy! Hopefully having fancy spa water will help inspire you to drink more water and actually enjoy it!