Drinking water should be easy. But hey, it’s not. So many of us get to the end of the day and realize, “oops, no H2O for me today.”. But this is an easier fix than it seems. You just need to build some more mindful habits into your day.
By creating new habits, you can stay more accountable. Because drinking might seem mundane. But most people would trade some boredom for brighter skin, smoother hair, and the opportunity to just feel good.
So I’ve got 12 ways to add some extra hydration to your day. Do just one of these, and your body will thank you. Do a few, and wow! Your water shortage is history.
Wake up to water
Have a glass by your night table and drink it upon rising. The great thing about this is that you will drink a full glass before your brain even wakes up.
Get a water infuser bottle
Cut up a bunch of your favorite fruits and veggies. Add them to you infuser bottle. And now you have luxurious spa water on the go.
Take a water break between cups of coffee
Lots of us spend our morning glued to our coffee maker. So take a water break between each cup of coffee. The coffee will be your reward for staying more hydrated
Get a “smart” water bottle
There are all sorts of smart options for water bottles these days. These can help you stay accountable by indicating when you aren’t drinking enough and even sending you reminders through your phone.
Who can call it boring when there are bubbles. If ordinary water doesn’t do it for you, consider seltzer. All the fun of soda without the pesky sugar.
Make a chart
Get a dry erase board and put it somewhere you can see it daily. And mark off every time you drink up That way you can’t ignore it if you’re overlooking your hydration needs.
Warm it up
If ordinary water doesn’t excite you, consider warming it up. There are so many different tea options. But herbal teas are the best for hydrating since caffeine, by nature, is dehydrating.
Track it on an app
If you spend considerable time with technology, consider making your technology time productive. Get an app that tracks your water. Some apps will even send you reminders when it’s time to drink up.
Keep it close by
Keep a bottle with you all day. This won’t just serve as a reminder. It will make it easier to sip as you go through your day.
Set water goals
Say you’ll have 2 glasses by lunch time. And then stick to your word. If lunchtime comes and you haven’t followed through, you’ll just have to guzzle them before you eat.
Eat naturally hydrating veggies
Get some extra H2O by eating vegetables that have a high water content. This would be vegetables like cucumbers and celery. While this can’t take the place of drinking altogether, it provides some great “extra credit”.
Drink at the beginning of each meal
Start every meal with a good 8 ounces. Not only will this help you feel full as you eat and help keep you from overeating. It will help keep you hydrated!
So there are your 12 ways to drink and stay hydrated. Choose one to do starting today. As you become comfortable with it, add more. Before you know it, drinking your daily intake will become easy!
Do you have a favorite way to incorporate water into your day? Let me know in the comments!
robin rue says
Thanks for this – I definitely need help in the drinking more water department. I am going to try some of your suggestions.
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says
The day after Thanksgiving I vowed to start drinking more water. I’ve done pretty good. I just keep a few large water bottles in the fridge ready to go!
Krystal Butherus says
I’ll admit: with the cooler weather here, I’m finding it more difficult to drink more water. I love your tips and will start incorporating them!
Rebecca Bryant says
I have a gallon jug I drink water from. On it are sayings to encourage me to drink one more glass. I like your ideas too especially the about getting an infuser.
Laura @ MommyDearest says
Thank you for this post. I know I am one who definitely forgets to hydrate. I’ve made it a goal to try and drink more water. Hopefully I can remember to do so. These tips are great.
Terri Steffes says
I tend to drink more when I flavor it with lemon or something light. Then again, sometimes nothing works but plain water!
You know what’s awful? I went HOURS and HOURS without drinking water today! I so need to get on this more!
AnnMarie John says
I’ve promised myself that I’d drink more water these days! I think these are brilliant ideas on how to convince yourself to drink more.
Jessica Joachim says
I have been working on drinking more water lately, and these are great tips. I found having a straw and a pretty cup or bottle works for me. Something about using a straw just makes me drink more lol
Kimberly Lewis says
this is something that I really need to start doing. My intake is mostly Diet Pepsi! I know, I have issues!
Jessica T says
Drinking water is really very important. It can seem difficult to increase your water intake but it really is a good idea to ensure you are drinking enough.
RoseMary Griffith says
I drink water all day long–love it. No matter what I tell my husband about the benefits of water, he drinks very little. Drives me crazy. How can you not love water?
I had no idea there is a smart bottle. Jeez!
Amanda Dorich says
I always need to drink more water, these are great tips for helping me get all those ounces in!
I do fairly well with my water intake and definitely notice when I get dehydrated even a little bit. I do like the idea of drinking water before a meal. I could stand to improve on that one.
Great tips! I find that having it nearby is what works best for me. I always have a liter bottle on my desk at work and I tend to refill it 1-2 times throughout the day.
Cindy Ingalls says
This is a great reminder for me to break out my infuser pitcher. It always helps me drink more water, which I tend to slack off on this time of year. I don’t know why the cold weather doesn’t make me feel more dehydrated, when you need to be drinking water all year long.
Just this week I started in on a box of Twinings’ Irish Breakfast – I like a bold tea taste – but I’m sure you are right that, say, an herbal peppermint tea would be a better choice hydration-wise.
Marielle Altenor says
I love these tips! Setting water drinking goals is a great way to keep track and ensure you drink enough during the day.
Journa Ramirez says
It’s kinda hard for me to increase my water intake… Sometimes I just forget drinking enough water and I don’t know why. Thanks for these wonderful tips!