You could survive for a month without food, but you’d be dead in a week without water. If knowing that makes you think staying hydrated might be a good idea, here’s 8 ways to drink more water.
1. Drink and drive.
Buy a reusable bottle (for bonus points, garnish it with stickers or decorations of some kind to make it your own) and keep it in your car. Sipping on it as you go about your day can add up depending on how much you drive; and if you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, at least you’ll be hydrated.
2. Drink on the job.
It’s easy to forget about drinking (water) on the job if you get busy working on what seems like a never-ending To-Do List. Keep a bottle of water in a visible place so you’ll remember to drink it. To keep it simple, just take a few sips every hour on the hour.
3. Coffee drinkers rejoice.
Good news for coffee fans: coffee may be included in your water tally. Before you get too excited, I’m not endorsing the daily Starbucks visit I know so many of you are fond of; you’d be better off brewing your own coffee at home. Add a dash of cinnamon, drizzle of honey, and splash of milk to improve the flavor.
4. Think about all the money you could save.
Think that $3 soda was expensive? You don’t know the half of it.
A single serving of soda only costs the average restaurant 5 to 20 cents. In other words: don’t be too thankful for those free refills (trust me, they can afford it). Don’t endorse such a mark-up by purchasing soda when you dine out; instead, order a water to get healthy and save cash. Just look at the facts:
The average American eats out 4-5 times per week; based on the assumption of 20 restaurant visits per month, let’s do some math:
20 restaurant visits per month X $3 per soda = $60 saved per month, or $720 in a year (which is more than enough to invest in an amazing experience like a cruise to an exotic country, getaway to a bed and breakfast, or trip to the beach).
5. There’s an app for that.
If you keep forgetting to stay hydrated, download a free app like Hydro that includes a water consumption calculator text reminders of your goal. For more fitness apps that might be useful, click here.
6. What to do if you think water is boring.
There is no escaping the fact that water might not fill your taste buds with glee in the way that artificially sweetened beverages do. As a past Mt. Dew addict, trust me when I say, “I know the feeling.” But just like a little creativity can take your morning coffee from zero to hero (dash of cinnamon + drizzle of honey + splash of milk. Try it‒you won’t regret it), water can be made more exciting. Add chunks of fresh fruit to your water for a more enjoyable natural flavor. If you’re looking for suggestions, try lemon, lime, watermelon, and orange. Experiment with different kinds of fruit (and even with combinations of fruit) until you discover your perfect recipe.
7. Keep it simple.
I know the often repeated recommendation of “drink 8 glasses of water a day” might sound like a lot, but it’s really not. To hit your daily quota of 64 oz., just consume 10-12 oz. (a little over a serving) of water at the following times every day:
- As soon as you wake up (dehydration results in brain fatigue, so let’s fix that right away)
- Before breakfast, lunch, and dinner (sometimes hunger is thirst in disguise, so this will prevent over-eating)
- An hour before bed (close enough to bed-time to keep you hydrated, not so close you’ll wake up having to pee)
Your ideal water intake could be more or less than 64 oz. depending on a variety of things, like your activity level and body composition, so it’s okay to experiment until you figure out what’s best for you. Stick with the schedule listed above, but feel free to increase or decrease your serving amounts in the direction of your needs and goals.