Do you know how much water you drink?

We can benefit from tracking our lifestyle activities.

You know how much water you’re supposed to drink every day, right? Although there are various schools of thought, health experts typically recommend eight eight-ounce glasses (the 8×8 rule).

Although you probably know how much you’re supposed to drink, do you know how much you actually drink? I thought I did. Until recently, I thought I was hitting the mark. Then I kept track for a few days. Every time I poured myself a glass of water, I made a note of it in my Notes app. At the end of each day, I checked my total. I found that I had been wrong. I wasn’t drinking as much as I thought I was, which meant that I wasn’t drinking as much as I should.

A while back, when I started practicing daily intermittent fasting, I was surprised to realize how often I ate mindlessly. Apparently I sometimes do things without thinking. I’m not just talking about those times when I absentmindedly put the TV remote in the freezer. I’m talking about lifestyle habits that make a difference.

Can you identify with this? Might you live more thoughtfully in some way? What lifestyle activity do you need to track for a while to get an accurate measure — a sense of reality? Here are a few ideas:

  • How much sleep you get
  • How much time you spend outdoors
  • How much alcohol you drink
  • How much you eat
  • How often you complain
  • How often you swear
  • How much time you spend in nature

When we have an accurate measure of our lifestyle activities, we know whether we’re actually where we want to be. We can be healthier when we’re more thoughtful. It’s not complicated or difficult; it’s just a matter of getting our brains out of autopilot and living more thoughtfully. For good.

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