If you’re anything like me, you’re horrible at remembering to drink your allotted amount of water for the day. I live in an arid desert climate and staying hydrated is the most important thing I can do for my body. No matter where you live, though, staying hydrated is so, so important. Here are some tips and tricks to making sure you drink every last drop of your H2O.
1. Figure out how much water you should actually be drinking.
It’s really hard to reach your goals if you don’t know what you’re striving for in the first place. This website has a great formula for using your weight and your level of normal activity in order to figure out how many ounces of water are appropriate for you to drink daily. If you don’t want to use the calculator above, it’s generally recommended that women should drink about 9 cups of water per day, while their male counterparts should drink about 13 cups per day.
2. Mark your water bottle with hourly goals.
We’ve all seen the Pinterest pictures of the waterbottles labeled with hourly water intake goals. We may roll our eyes at these people, but they’re definitely drinking the amount of water they should be. Plus, when you break it down into such miniscule increments, it doesn’t feel like such a daunting task.
3. Find ways to make your water more exciting.
You’re more likely to drink something if you love the way it tastes–and are never bored with it. Add lemon to hot water to have a tea-like experience. Find infused water recipes on Pinterest. There are plenty of ways to get the water you need without suffering through yet another bottle of plain ol’ water.
4. Use a straw.
You’re going to drink so much more if you keep a glass of water with a straw in it close to you at all times. Think of how much easier it is to take a quick sip versus unscrewing a cap to take a drink.
5. Keep water near you always.
Again, you’re more likely to drink if it’s within arms’ reach. Just like you reach for the candy when it’s sitting on the breakroom table.
6. Keep water by your bed.
If you get thirsy in the middle of the night, chances are you’re going to be too lazy to get up, go to the kitchen, and then get a drink. If you already have a glass or a cup on your nightstand, you have healthy hydration at your fingertips. And…if you don’t drink your glass of water during the night…
7. Drink a glass of water in the morning.
Finish that bedside water in the morning! If you already did during the course of the night, fill yourself up a new glass and drink it right away. Not only is this a great way to slip in more water, it also kickstarts your metabolism for the day.
8. You don’t need to give up other liquids entirely.
You can still drink your coffee, tea, soda, juice, etc. Try watering down your sugary beverages with water to create a refreshing drink with less sugar–and more water! Or, try a one-for-one rule. Whenever you drink something that’s not water, you must follow it with a glass of water. Whether you’re drinking soda, coffee, or even alcohol, follow it with water. (Besides, drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have helps to prevent hangovers!)
9. Eat your water.
When you just can’t take yet another glass of water, remember this: you can eat your water, too! There are a plethora of fruits and veggies that are more water than anything else. These are a) healthy snacks to keep your hunger at bay and b) great ways to sneak in extra water.
10. Think of all the health benefits.
If nothing else, think of all the benefits water provides your body. It maintains the balance of other bodily fluids, helps fill you up (with no calories!), and keeps your skin looking clear and radiant.
11. Make a habit of it.
Most importantly, you need to remember to drink your water everyday. If you try it for a few days then lose sight of your mission to stay hydrated, you will not be successful. It will be hard at first–especially if you’re like me and are accustomed to drinking very little water–but it will be worth it in the end.