A new year can offer us the chance to reset, move gently into the future and gain perspective on what really matters. But more often than not, we see the beginning of the calendar year as a challenge to change, and instead of quiet reflection, we may focus our efforts on lofty, sometimes unattainable goals. Whether you plan to be more active, improve your mental health or live a greener lifestyle, your resolutions don’t have to be out of reach with the power of water.
How Water Can Help You Meet Your Goals for the New Year
If Your Goal is to Hydrate More Often
Up to 60% of the adult body is water, so hydration is key to feeling and looking your best! Experts recommend drinking 2-3 liters of water a day to protect against headaches, dizziness, fatigue and confusion, but hydration can also be beneficial for oily, acne-prone skin. Having trouble getting enough water amidst your busy daily routine? Try sparkling varieties that turn water into a treat or flavor your water at home with lemon juice (a good source of vitamin C). Also, apps for tracking your water intake may help keep you accountable, and reusable water bottles with engraved measurements paint a clear picture of your progress throughout the day.
If Your Goal is to Increase Your Physical Activity
Water-based sports can provide beginner and seasoned athletes alike with a low-impact but effective workout. Swimming provides a total body workout that builds endurance and tones muscles—and you can go at your own pace! If laps around the pool aren’t quite your style, and you’re looking for a more social activity, try a water aerobics class; these classes are great for gentle, post-injury workouts, as the water’s support helps reduce strain on joints and muscles.
If Your Goal is to Set Aside More Time for Yourself
Between work, social obligations and household responsibilities, time for self-care can be hard to come by. Building self-care into your existing routines can make it easier to keep up with, so try setting aside time within your morning or evening bathroom routine to unwind with the help of water. Soak in a warm Epsom salt bath to relieve tense muscles and pent-up stress. Place a diffuser near your shower or tie eucalyptus to your showerhead for an aromatherapeutic bathing experience. Play your favorite music or catch up on a binge-worthy podcast while brushing your teeth. Small, restorative activities paired with routine practices (like bathing) can help make caring for yourself more of a habit.
If Your Goal is to Live More Sustainably
Your priorities for the new year may have a global health focus, rather than a personal one. Incorporating greener practices into your lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult, and water conservation is an easy place to start. If your budget allows, install low-flow showerheads and faucets to use less water while showering or washing dishes. For an investment-free option, limit your time in the shower to 5-8 minutes. Practice turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or lathering face wash to reduce water waste. Once you’ve gotten the hang of water conservation at home, you can start exploring other ways to lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
New Year, New Shower
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