Making an important health goal as accessible as possible
Proper hydration is a surprisingly tricky thing. It’s hard to know exactly how much water you should drink a day because things like your gender, weight, and activity level all impact your body’s needs.
Even when you’ve identified the magical number of ounces you should down in a day, life just happens. We get sidetracked, we lose track of time, and, before we know it, we’re behind on our water goals.
The best way to avoid dehydration is to prioritize those water drinking moments — knowing the benefits of drinking water simply isn’t enough. We are all inspired by different cues and reminders, though. So here are six tips for drinking more water when your hydration habit isn’t yet as strong as you’d like it to be.
1. Invest in a motivating water bottle.
This one is particularly helpful for visual learners who feel immediately bored by plain patterns and designs. Pick out a reusable water bottle that really stands out to you personally.
There are bottles with funny calls to action to drink more water, bottles so boldly decorated that they’re bound to catch your eye in you workspace, and everything in between. And the more you notice it, the easier it will be to remember to drink up.
2. Mark time goals on your current water bottle.
This hack is great because it allows you to set a group of small, intentional goals for yourself without reaching into your wallet.
Just grab a permanent marker and a ruler, and delineate daily drinking goals with specific times next to them. That way, a daunting, 64-ounce water bottle can be broken down into a bunch of 8-ounce sips that are much more attainable.
3. Try a water-tracking app.
For the phone-obsessed folks, consider downloading an app that helps you track your water as you drink it. Waterlogged is a popular daily hydration tracker that uses charters and reminder notifications to keep you mindful of your water intake throughout the day. And the app Plant Nanny makes a fun game out of the hydration process. Every time you drink your water, you get to water your virtual plant. Forget to log your sips or take them altogether, and your green pet won’t continue to grow.
4. Wear a drink-counting accessory.
Similar to how yogis use mala beads to keep track of their mantra repetitions, there are so many counting bracelets on the market that can help you monitor the number of ounces of water you’re getting each day.
The beads slide from one side of the bracelet to other when you move them, so every time you down a glass, shift a bead to one side. Make it your goal to get all beads on that side by the time you go to bed at night.
5. Drink a full glass before and after every meal.
Food easily grabs your attention, so why not throw water into the mix at mealtime? Make it a personal goal to drink 8 ounces of water before you start a meal, and then sip 8 more ounces when you’re finished. If you follow this pattern throughout the day, you’ll reach your hydration goals surprisingly easily.
6. Make the water you’re drinking more fun.
If standard H2O just doesn’t excite you, get creative with it. Try making some fresh infusions with citrus fruits, berries, and herbs like whole mint leaves. Or brew a cup or two of herbal tea instead of forcing that water bottle on particularly chilly days. Both of these options are perfectly nutritious and hydrating.