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Drink more water!
Your body is 80% water!
Drink half your body weight in ounces of water!
Blah, blah, blah ... we've all heard it before. Yes, we need more water. Yes, water is healthy and nourishing and makes us younger and more energetic and ... blah, blah, blah.
We get it--in our heads. But, how do we get it (meaning water) into our bodies? We always start out with the best of intentions, but how do we make it a habit?
Just like anything, in order to be successful, you need a plan. So, here are 5 tips to try and help you increase your water intake so that it becomes second nature.
1. Prep the night before
If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -- Various
Yes, yes, I know. We all hate the preparing part. But, nothing helps to ensure success more than being prepared.
If you will only drink fruit-infused water, then prep it the night before while you're making dinner. If you'll only drink chilled water, get a couple of bottles filled and in the fridge before turning in for the night. If you'll only drink filtered water, make sure the reservoir is filled before you brush your teeth.
You get the idea. A few minutes the day before can make a major impact on your success the next day. Would you rather have the feeling of drudgery for a few minutes the day before or feelings of guilt and let-down all day the next day? You decide.
2. Take it with you
No one gives it to you. You have to take it. --Frank Costello
All the prep work in the world won't do you a bit of good if your water's at home and you're not! Get used to having that water container with you at all times until you've met your ounces for the day.
Going to work? Have it in your hand with your purse. (*Bonus tip: If there's something in the fridge I want to remember to grab, I have been known to put my keys on top of it. When I'm ready to leave and can't find my keys ... oh, yeah, they're in the fridge!)
Meeting friends for lunch? Water bottle goes with.
Working out? Definitely have the water bottle with you.
You'll be more likely to reach for other, possibly unhealthy, drink choices if you don't have the water staring at you. Or, at least, I feel like it's staring at me.
3. Measure your intake
If you can't measure it, you can't change it. -- Peter F. Drucker
How many ounces was that? Is this my second bottle or my third? Did I have one this morning already?
If this sounds like you, you may need a better way to keep track of how much water you're consuming and when.
Keeping track of your water doesn't have to be time consuming or difficult. It could be as simple as marking a gallon jug with levels and amounts. Finish the jug and you're finished for the day.
I like to use the "rubber band" method. My water bottle is 25 oz. and I want to drink four of those a day. So, I put four colored rubber bands on the bottom of my bottle. When I finish a bottle's worth, I move a rubber band up toward the neck. When all four rubber bands are moved, I've hit my goal.
If you prefer something prettier, you can try this pre-marked water bottle.
This bottle is not only marked for the amount, but also for the time (am on the front; pm on the back). So, you can tell, by the time of day, whether you are hitting your goals or not.
4. New drinkware
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -- C.S. Lewis
Which leads us into our next tip. Ok, I get it. Water is not the "sexiest" drink on the planet, but it is the most beneficial. You may be thinking, "If I have to carry something around all day in order to encourage me to drink more water, can't it be (insert adjective here)?" Well, yes it can be!
Maybe you only like drinking things from a straw? Here you go!
Maybe you want your water to stay cold all day? Check!
Maybe you need a pithy or cute saying on your drinkware? No problem!
Obviously, the point is, whatever is going to encourage more water intake, do it! You can always mark your gallon jug and then pour water into your drinkware of choice and repeat throughout the day.
5. There's an app for that
The grass is greener where you water it. -- Neil Barringham
Disclosure: I do not believe I have ever, in my life, forgotten to eat a meal. This has probably led me to the place where I am now in life, but I digress.
I have heard that there are people in the world that somehow forget to eat. This concept is strange and foreign to me. However, I could see how this might be true for water drinking.
If having a cute glass and a marked jug aren't enough motivation for you to drink more water, you could download one of these apps to help remind you to drink more water.
Apple: Daily Water Drink Reminder
Android: Water Drink Reminder
These are great tools to help remind and encourage you to drink more water. You can also track your progress and get tools and tips to help you be successful.
That's it! Five great tips to help you increase your water intake. If you have other ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below. You can also tell me which ones worked and didn't work for you. Also, don't forget to sign up for our email list! Thanks for reading!