We all know that it is the right thing to do. There is no question that drinking more water benefits our bodies in countless ways. But, how do we do it? How do we manage to stay focused and drink the recommended 64 ounces every single day? Establishing a healthy water drinking routine is easy with a few tips that, over time, will leave you happily consuming more than enough H2O without even thinking about it! In this article, we’re going to share 12 tips for drinking more water to keep you healthier and more hydrated.
1) Drink tea.
Not all water consumption needs to be cold, hot herbal tea counts too! There’re some easy ways to drink more water. Mixing up your schedule with tea can help keep your drinking habits fresh.
2) Use a water tracking app.
Fitnesspal or Waterlogged are both great apps that you can download on your smartphone to help you keep a record of your water consumption. They will help you drink more water by giving you little reminders throughout the day.
3) Have it with you everywhere you go.
It is so simple; you can’t drink it if you don’t have it! Always make sure you have access to water or carry a water bottle with you at all times.
4) Drink water with every meal.
This is important and I guarantee that eventually, you will find yourself preferring a refreshing glass of water with your meals over soda. It’s a natural way to increase your water intake while having the additional benefit of helping your digestion.
5) Add flavor.
Infuse your water with fruits or herbs such as lemon, strawberries or mint. This will spice things up a bit, leaving you with a great tasting, unique beverage.
6) Use rubber bands.
Yes, I said rubber bands. A friend taught me this trick long ago, and I still use it to this day. Start each morning by placing four rubber bands on your water bottle (16 oz or larger). Each time you finish a bottle and refill it at your water cooler, take a rubber band off. When you have removed the last rubber band, you know that you have met your goal for the day!
7) Buy a water bottle that you love.
Spoil yourself with a really cool water bottle that you love, as this will encourage you to use it all the time! Just like your wallet, you’ll get into the habit of taking your water bottle with you everywhere.
8) Rally for a water cooler at work.
Having a water cooler in the workplace has proven time and time again to dramatically increase employees’ water drinking. If you need further incentive to convince your boss- it has also been proven to increase productivity! It’s an easy way to get more water, and your boss will have a hard time saying no to something that benefits the health of every employee.
9) Use a straw.
Most people simply drink more when using a straw. Experiment with this for yourself to see what method of drinking works best for you. There are even stainless-steel straws you can buy online for a more environmentally friendly option.
10) Set a specific goal.
You can’t know if you have met a goal if you don’t know what it is. Set a specific amount you would like to drink each day. Hold yourself accountable to that goal by rewarding yourself when you consistently meet your goal.
11) Do a mid-day check-in.
This will allow you to make tweaks to your consumption rate to ensure that you met your goal by the evening. You can even set a calendar reminder on your phone to help you drink more water throughout the day.
12) Add a little fizz.
If you simply cannot live without carbonation, sparkling waters are an excellent alternative to soda. Use a soda maker to carbonate the water from your water cooler or filter, add a little lemon, and you have yourself a refreshing little treat that will count towards your daily intake.
There you have it; you now have no excuses! Start by implementing at least one of these tips for drinking more water into your routine, and you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
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