The Healthy Heart Challenge is a crash course on healthy habits and lifestyle behaviors that can be easily implemented to improve future heart health. The goal of this challenge is to improve heart health utilizing basic fundamental health behaviors over the next 4 weeks.
Each week we will present a new challenge with more information and tips for success. Enjoy your journey through “Heart Health 101”.
Week 4 - Water Intake
“WAT-ER” you up to this week?
During this week your goal is to drink 64 ounces of water per day 5 days out of the week (weekends included). Research has shown that consuming increased amounts of water daily may significantly lower risk for heart disease as a hydrated heart is able to pump blood easier and more efficiently. Learn more about the importance of water.
- Determine how large your water bottle is and keep track of how many times you refill your bottle daily. For example, if you utilize a 16oz water bottle you would need to drink and refill your bottle 4 times to meet your daily goal.
- Set hourly timers throughout the day reminding you to drink your water.
- Set timely goals for the day to keep yourself on track. For example, try to consume 32oz by 12:00pm (or halfway through your day) and another 32oz by 5pm.
- Add fruits and herbs to your water to make it taste even better.