February Challenge: Water Intake

What can you accomplish in a month? According to science, that’s all it takes to start forming a new habit, and good habits lead to good results. That’s the goal behind our Monthly Challenge, to help you form the right habits – physically and mentally – to make significant strides toward your best, healthiest self.

Raise your hand if you’ve been told one too many times about the importance of drinking water …

Seriously, a quick Google search returns more than 93 MILLION search results on the topic. More than likely your parents, teachers, coaches and/or someone on social media has tried to drill into you how *annoying parent voice* your body is 60% water and you need water to keep you alive and healthy and blah, blah, blah.

Enough already. You get it. Drinking water is a key part of being a healthy person, and you wouldn’t be reading a health-challenge blog if you weren’t already a healthy person and/or aspiring to be one.

Sooooo can you honestly say you drink enough of it?

Coffee, soda, tea – yeah, we tend to drink plenty of those (the average American drinks almost 39 gallons of soda annually, which is fortunately down from the 53 gallons in 2000). But just water? Not so much.

Depending on the source, a person should get in the habit of drinking anywhere from 1.5-2.5 liters of water a day. That’s 6-10 cups of water.

Doing so has so many health benefits we’d need a whole series of blogs to try and get to them all. From flushing waste from your body to regulating body temperature to improving brain function to better physical performance to creating saliva to protecting joints to preventing headaches to improving your mood to … you get the idea.

The challenge:

1-extra liter of water per day if you’re a beginner 

1 gallon of water per day if you’re an experienced hydrator

Look, hopefully, you already hit the required amount of water per day, but the odds say you don’t. So, this challenge should help get you headed in the right direction. And even if you already do get the required amount, this challenge is still for you.

It’s no secret the health benefits are enormous just from drinking more water. But beyond that, drinking more water every day is an easy habit to get into. Think of it as a nice ice breaker to our Monthly Challenges designed to build better habits.