Do you forget to drink water a lot?
We get it. If you don’t carry a bottle with you or you don’t pay attention to when you’re actually thirsty even before you feel it, it might be hard to remember to take a sip until your body starts begging for hydration.
The fact is: we all need to drink more water. More water equals a better, happier you!
You can make this a daily goal with these 10 easy ways to get more H2O.
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In this article:
- Make It Part Of Your Routine
- Add Slices Of Fruit Or Veggies To A Pitcher Of Water
- Drink A Glass Of Water Before Each Meal
- Keep A Large Jug Of Water Close By
- Use Hydration Apps To Track Your H20 Intake
- Eat Your H2O!
- Use A Time Marked Water Bottle
- Link Water to Activities
10 Creative Ways To Drink More Water
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1. Make It Part Of Your Routine
A great way to drink more water is to find a way to incorporate it into your routine!
Think about your day and how you usually spend your time. Are there extended periods when you’re not keeping yourself hydrated?
If there are, then maybe you can make a habit of drinking water at those intervals.
For instance, you’re probably not getting hydrated while you sleep at night. Why not try drinking some water before you hit the sack (not too much or else you could interrupt your sleep cycle) and after you wake up?
Doing this flushes out extra toxins and keeps you hydrated and energized. It’s the best way to start and end your day.
2. Add Slices Of Fruit Or Veggies To A Pitcher Of Water
Let’s face it: water tastes like, well, water! And sometimes, we just want to drink something that’s more exciting and flavorful.
You add flavor to your water by infusing it with different fruits and vegetables, like lemon wedges, cucumber slices, or mint leaves.
For a stronger taste, leave the fruits and veggies to soak in the water for a few hours then add fresh slices when you want a drink. Check out these awesome recipes if you want other delicious combinations and tips.
An added bonus: you’ll get some additional nutritional benefits because you’ll absorb some of the fruit or veggie’s vitamins and minerals!
Another plus: if you’re an avid drinker of store-bought juice, go for homemade detox water instead because it can help you lose weight.
3. Drink A Glass Of Water Before Each Meal
Did you put on some extra weight because of stress, constant outings, or just hard-to-break overeating habits? A great way to start losing those unwanted pounds and keep yourself hydrated is to drink a glass of water before each meal.
Studies have shown that people eat less if they drink a glass of water before meals. This is because water suppresses your appetite and makes you feel full, so you don’t feel the need to eat as much as you normally would.
Keep yourself satiated and extra hydrated by drinking neutral pH water that’s full of molecular hydrogen.
4. Keep A Large Jug Of Water Close By
As we said, the “out of sight, out of mind” phenomenon is very real. If you don’t see water nearby, you’re more likely to forget your hydration needs.
That’s why it’s important to keep a large jug of water nearby. It’s easier to drink water when it’s within arm’s reach.
An added bonus: it’s great for our environment, too! By using a jug, you’re less likely to buy single-use or disposable plastic water bottles to keep hydrated! It also means you won’t be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals found in plastic, especially if you use a stainless steel or glass water container.
Using a reusable jug means less trash, more money saved, more water, and better health.
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5. Use Hydration Apps To Track Your H20 Intake
There are countless ways our lives are made easier by smartphones. Here’s another nifty way we can use them!
Download a hydration app to help track how much water you drink in a day. You can also use these apps to set up goals and alerts to remind you to fill up. Think of this app as a steady accountability buddy!
Lots of these hydration apps can also calculate how much water you need daily based on your body’s measurements. Technology is great, isn’t it?
You can try Aqualert, My Water Balance, or Daily Water.
If you want other top-tier options, get them all from this Best Hydration Apps of 2020 list!
6. Eat Your H2O!
There are other exciting ways to hydrate besides drinking water. You can also increase your intake of water-rich vegetables and fruits.
Here are some water-rich veggies:
- Cucumber (96% water)
- Lettuce (96% water)
- Celery (95% water)
- Zucchini (95% water)
Here are some water-rich fruits:
- Watermelon (92% water)
- Strawberries (91% water)
- Cantaloupe (90% water)
- Grapefruit (89% water)
Create delicious meals and desserts with these ultra-hydrating foods. If you’d like to stick to beverages, you can make fruit and veggie smoothies.
What a yummy way to keep hydrated!
7. Use A Time Marked Water Bottle
If you have a water drinking schedule in mind, then a time-marked water bottle might work for you!
Here’s what you need to do to make a time-marked water bottle:
- Buy a reusable and transparent water bottle.
- Measure the water bottle and divide it into 6-8 equal parts.
- Draw a line for each of the parts.
- On the first line, write the time you usually wake up. For example, 7:00 AM.
- On the second line, write the time that’s one hour later than the previous one. For example, 8:00 AM.
- Do the same for the succeeding lines until the last line.
- You may have to make two or three bottles to keep hydrated every hour during your waking hours.
The line for each hour indicates how much water you should have consumed by the indicated time.
Time-marked bottles help you stay on schedule, keep you motivated, and stay on track to reach your personal hydration goals.
If alarms motivate you, then set reminders on your clock depending on what works for you, whether that’s an alarm that goes off every hour or every three hours. You’ll be on your way to good hydration in no time!
8. Link Water to Activities
We all follow routines we know by heart, and oftentimes, it’s easier to form new habits when we build on pre-existing ones. You can find ways to drink more water by linking it to specific activities that you regularly engage in.
For example, we all take bathroom breaks to relieve ourselves. After each bathroom break, why don’t you drink a glass of water to rehydrate yourself?
Are you a coffee, tea, or alcohol drinker? Did you know that caffeine and alcohol are actually diuretics?
That means caffeine and alcohol cause your kidneys to flush out excess sodium and water from your system. So, when you drink lots of coffee, tea, or beer, you’re likely to urinate more often.
Why don’t you try drinking two glasses of water after having multiple cups or glasses of coffee, tea, or any alcoholic beverage to make up for all the lost hydration?
If you find yourself busy with work and hobbies 24/7, then try drinking half a glass of water after each task you finish. You’ll be on your way to finishing 8 glasses a day!
Who doesn’t love winning prizes? If you’re serious about your hydration goals, you may want to incentivize it!
Think of a couple of treats that you would really enjoy. Have a favorite show that you’re dying to binge-watch? Maybe you can enjoy one or two episodes if you reach your water goals for the day.
Is retail therapy more of your thing? Hydrate yourself happy for a month, then go ahead and buy that new product you’ve been eyeing.
Set a weekly or monthly hydration goal and keep track of your progress!
Whenever you reach your goal, reward yourself! Rewards are always a great motivation.
Have you ever wondered why video games can be addicting? That’s why more and more people are applying typical elements of a game in their everyday lives to motivate them to achieve certain goals.
Gamification is a fun way to get things done! And this will totally work with drinking water too!
Invite a few friends and agree on a weekly water drinking challenge. It can be designed as a race of sorts!
Keep track of each other’s progress and try to outdo each other. You can award the winner with a prize at the end of the week.
Friendly competitions are always fun and exciting!
Gamification Definition: It’s a process of incorporating game or gamelike elements to a tedious task to encourage others to participate.
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6 thoughts on “10 Ways To Drink More Water This Year – INFOGRAPHIC [Updated]”
I’m gonna show these steps to my husband and daughter. I wanna try them.
Hi, Quarren. We’re happy to hear that! Let us know if they help your family drink more water.
Hoping that these will work for me.
Hi, Rose. We hope so, too! You can always start small and work your way up from there. If you want to learn more about how alkaline water helps hydrate you better, please check out this article. Dr. Lori Shemek, a weight loss expert, also discusses the importance of water here.
great ways to motivate us to drink more water!
Hi, Rafael. We’re happy to hear that. Let us know if these tips work for you.