I have been doing great with my workouts and eating lately. In fact, I just walked my first 5K. But, one thing I still struggle with is drinking enough water.

In fact, I not only don't drink enough water, but I drink soda. I hate the fact that I drink soda. So, that is going to be my next challenge that I will conquer.

I found these great tips from Cosmopolitan on why drinking water is so good for you. I hope some of them rub off on me and I can start to drink more water. I hope they motivate me to drink more H2O!

Water makes you even brainier
Students who sipped water during an exam scored better than those who did not, a study found. Dehydration can elevate levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Plus, drinking water improves concentration.

It helps you exercise harder
Drinking ice-cold water before a workout can help you last longer, according to a review of studies. Pre-cooling your body wards off heat induced fatigue and increase tolerance for steamy conditions.

It makes your metabolism whir
People who drink only 32 ounces of water a day burn fewer calories than folks who drink the right amount, according to a University of Utah study. Hydrated cells function more efficiently.

It keeps your skin looking good
Hydrated cells are better at balancing oil production, says Howard Murad, M.D., author of The Water Secret. So skin looks smoother, fresher, and less puffy.

[via: Cosmopolitan.com]