Did you know that your body is approximately 60% water? So it makes sense that adult men and women need to drink approximately 8 to 10 glasses of it every day to keep themselves in top form.
Turns out, water helps keep you healthy in a number of ways. When it comes to quitting smoking, it can be one of your most fluid friends. Here are 7 ways water can help you stick to your quit:
- Engage Your Hands and MouthOften, those who give up cigarettes aren’t sure what to do with their hands. Why not carry a bottle of water? Think: holding it, unscrewing the cap and every so often filling it up during the day. Plus, each time you take a sip, you’re satisfying those oral fixations by swapping hydration in for a smoke.
- Headache HelpSome quitters experience headaches during their first few weeks of going smokefree due to nicotine withdrawal. Because staying properly hydrated has been found to help ease headache pain for certain individuals, incorporating H20 into your Quit Plan may give you some extra relief.
- A Benefit For Your Belt SizeWater may help you lose weight. It provides a modest boost to your metabolism and can stand in for high-calorie sodas or juices you may have indulged in otherwise. It can also help you feel full—some like to drink a cup of water before a meal to limit the amount of food needed to feel satisfied.
- Keep MovingHelp reduce urges by making exercise a regular habit. This can help improve your mental and physical health. When working out, it’s important to stay hydrated. This may keep your energy up—no matter how often you get to the gym (or hit the outdoor trails). Take your workout to the next level by adding more water to your day.
- Focus on Your Best SelfNot getting enough fluids has been shown to potentially drag down our moods and, for some, impair their ability to think clearly. Keep a cool glass of water nearby to help you feel like your best self.
- Tune InSounds of water have been found to soothe stress. (Especially rippling water—who knew?) So instead of reaching for a smoke, park yourself near a water fountain or pond, invest in a sound machine or cue some sounds of a stream up on your headphones to ease your mind.
- Take a DiveWant to totally immerse yourself in the benefits of H20? Dive in! Swimming is a great, low-impact exercise that can get your heart and lungs back in gear. Even better? There’s absolutely no way you can smoke underwater.