Water is needed by every cell in your body to function normally and to help you become the “healthiest you”. While your body also gets water from other fluids you drink, water is by far your best bet. Water has so many benefits, from increasing energy levels and relieving fatigue to strengthening your immune system and of course promoting weight loss too. One way that water will help with your weight loss is to add strength to your workouts. If you are dehydrated, your workouts won’t be as effective. But water also helps you feel full and potentially eat less. Sometimes a glass of water is enough to curb hunger.
While you probably already knew the importance of water, you may still have trouble getting all of that extra hydration. In fact, sometimes you get so busy that you forget to keep up with your drinking. We know you’ve heard a lot of tips by now, but we’ve done some research and developed 10 more water drinking hacks to add to your arsenal. Try these simple ways to drink more water:
1. Set an alarm clock
If you’re like most people, you probably always have your phone with you. Now you can’t just use this alarm clock for your morning wake-up call. Set an hourly alarm to remind you to drink. It is so easy to get caught up in what you are doing and not drink as much as you should, but this will help you remember it easily.
2nd volume It
If you’re more of a visual person, this hack is for you. Start your day with at least eight rubber bands around your wrist. Remove a rubber band every time you drink about a cup of water. Make sure you remove them all by the end of the day and you know you can fit in your eight (or more) cups that day.
3. Mark your bottle
Another visual reminder, adding hashmarks to your water bottle with a permanent marker can help you know exactly where you stand with water usage for the day. Next to each hashmark, write a time that corresponds to the planned drinking time. When the clock strikes that time, drink until you reach the next hashmark.
4. Buy a water bottle that you love
It sounds silly, but investing in a bottle you really love can help you get more hydrated. There are many bottles on the market. If you’re not exactly the home improvement guy, they even sell water bottles that have already been hashmarked (as per the suggestion above). There are water bottles that make it easy to infuse fruit and others that advertise keeping your drink cold all day. Or you could even just buy a mug with a straw that has a favorite saying or character on it. Something as simple as a mug that you love can be the motivation you need.
5. Define a rule
Another way to remember this is to set a rule based on a regular occurrence. For example, you might decide that you need to drink another cup of water every time you go to the bathroom. If you have another sustained event during the day, you can adjust your cup drinking for it. It just serves as a simple reminder to tie into something you are already doing on a regular basis.
6. Eat your water
There isn’t a rule that says you have to drink all of your water. If you are really having problems with water consumption, try adding more water-based foods like watermelon, melon, or cucumber to your day. This will help increase your intake even if you have trouble drinking it all down.
7. Change your brand
You’ve probably heard the tip of adding flavor to your water to make it tastier, but maybe changing your brand can make a difference. Or do you prefer mineral water? If you’re currently drinking unfiltered water, invest in a filter and see if that makes it more attractive. As you make your water more comfortable, you will likely drink more of it.
8. Add a straw
Some people find that drinking from a straw is easier. It’s an easy move, but it might be worth trying if it helps you drink more water. Whether you drink from a straw or not, sipping water – instead of swallowing it – is always much more pleasant, so focus on taking it slowly and you may find that you can fit more in.
9. Start early
If you’re like many other people, you can start your morning with a glass of juice or a cup of coffee. Why not have a glass of water before everything else? One of the biggest problems with filling eight cups a day is that most people don’t start their water consumption until late in the morning as they usually drink something else first. But when you make water your first drink of the day, prepare for success. In fact, you may even find that you no longer need that glass of juice that you are fully hydrated with healthy H20.
10. Add ice
Again, simple but effective. Adding ice can make your water more attractive – especially on a hot day or after a workout. You can even go a step further and use ice to add flavor to your drink. Freeze ice cube trays full of fruit or herbs and add them to your drink to both add flavor and cool the temperature.