We’ve all heard about how important it is to drink enough water throughout the day before. I used to see article after article and hear people mention it all the time and I would just shrug it off with thoughts like, “well I did drink that bottle of water while I was sitting in class today. That’s enough, right?”
Wrong. I can’t remember exactly (insert joke about my horrible memory here) what got me into the habit of drinking more water, but I’m so glad that it happened.
Since I started getting in my recommended 64 oz a day, I feel way healthier, more productive and more energized throughout the day. I’ve actually seen noticeable differences in other things, including my skin. (I mean, who doesn’t want clear skin?)
Now, I can tell a physical difference when I DON’T drink enough water during the day. Which definitely happens sometimes. Who would’ve thought that drinking water takes so much self-discipline?
But I do have some tips for getting that suggested serving of H20.
1. Start early. I usually fill up a water bottle (usually this one) before bed and keep it on my nightstand, that way I already have a glass of water ready to go first thing in the morning. Part of my morning routine is checking my emails, tweets and Instagram feed from bed. Having a glass of water right there is really handy and super easy to incorporate into that part of my morning.
2. Keep it close. Carrying it around with you makes it so much easier. I always have my water bottle sitting at my workspace. That way, whenever I get thirsty I have water accessible. And when I finish that bottle, I immediately refill it and I don’t have to worry about it. I also keep a bottle of water in my bag. So when I’m out running errands, I have some water with me.
3. Set goals. I have a giant 32 oz water bottle that I use throughout the day, which makes it super easy to track how much water I’ve had. The bottle is marked at different increments, so I know exactly how much water I’m drinking. I try to have one 32 oz bottle in the morning or before I have lunch and then a second bottle during the afternoon and evening. Setting up simple goals like that make getting the suggested serving attainable. You could also just use a normal glass and tell yourself that you want to have had at least 4 glasses by a certain time of the day. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but you also want to challenge yourself a little bit.
4. Use your phone. Yep, there’s an app for that. There are quite a few apps out there that can help you with your quest to drink more water. My favorite is Waterlogged. You can set daily goals for yourself, track how much you’ve had (and it’s super satisfying watching the countdown to your goal!) and even set reminders.
5. Flavor it. I personally love the taste of water, but I know not everyone does and it’s the most common excuse for not drinking enough water. And I will admit that sometimes the taste does get a little boring. An easy fix for this is to flavor your water. Add some lemon or cucumber to it. I also love these flavor infuser bottles. You can add virtually any kind of fruit you want and let it infuse the flavor into your water.
Do you drink enough water? What are your tips and tricks?