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Every year, one of my most important health goals is to drink more water. I haven’t always been as successful as I’d like (thanks to a serious love affair with coffee), but this year I have a plan! I’m going to follow these easy tips and focus on building good habits. Staying well hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body, mental health and wellness. Here’s how we can make it easy . . .
25 Easy Ways To Drink More Water
As with any positive lifestyle change, you’ll want to set yourself up for success before you start. Be sure to understand the “why” behind the change you want to make, support yourself and your surroundings, make it easy and enjoyable, prioritize your own self care, and (if you want to make it as effortless as possible) understand the importance of habits. Let’s get started!
Know Your Stuff
- Know why it’s important. Know your own body and understand why proper hydration is so vitally important to your overall health, mental health, and well-being. Drinking more water is one of the easiest, most important things you can do to feel better and improve your health.
- Beauty benefits too. Staying hydrated not only dramatically benefits your health, but also has beautifying bonuses for your skin, hair, and smile. You’ll be glowing! Keep this in mind too, to encourage yourself to fill up that glass.
- Get a pretty tumbler. A pretty glass tumbler with a bamboo lid makes drinking more water a happy and enjoyable task. You’ll drink more on-the-go with a beautiful travel cup in hand. This Tronco Glass Tumbler with a white silicone sleeve (for no-slip grip) was just featured in our 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. It’s available in many other colours too.
- Get more tumblers! What’s better than one pretty tumbler? More pretty tumblers! Get yourself a few nice colours or designs, so that you always have one nearby to refill. At home, at work, in the car, at the gym, or anywhere you’re regularly on-the-go, always have a tumbler within reach to stay hydrated.
- Motivational water bottles. If you need a little more encouragement, a Venture Pal Motivational Water Bottle with time markers can help you drink more water all throughout the day to reach your goal. Check your actual water intake with just a quick glance to see if you’re on track. It’s available in lots of bright, happy colours.
- Filtered pitchers & Mason jar dispensers. Keep a filtered pitcher of purified water in the fridge, to reach for instead of a sugary or caffienated drink. I have one similar to this Brita Everyday Water Filter Pitcher. Beautiful counter-top Mason Jar Water Dispensers (with a spigot and lid) are fun to use and keep your goal within obvious view in the room, a reminder to fill up with just a glance.
Add It In
- Add lemon. Lemon water is known for it’s many health benefits. Add a few slices of fresh cut lemon to your water glass for a hint of added flavour and extra benefits for your health (like Vitamin C, better digestion, and promotion of weight loss). I like to add a few slices of lime too!
- Make lots of ice. Always have a tray of ice ready in your freezer. A nice, cold glass of water with ice cubes is much more enticing than plain tap water on its own (and, ice = water, even more hydration for you). Try these bestselling Easy-Release Silicone Ice-Cube Trays, a stackable 4-pack of flexible trays that come will no-spill lids (just give them a twist and the cubes pop right out). Amazon’s #1 bestseller in Ice Cube Molds.
- Use a flavour enhancer. Is plain water too boring for you? You can work your way up to enjoying water on its own by first trying a sugar free, natural water enhancer to get you in the habit (then swap out for plain water). Stur is a zero calorie liquid drink mix available in different flavours, made from fruit extracts and sweetened with stevia.
- Try fruit infused water recipes. Here is another healthy (and oh so pretty) idea to fancy up your water and add a hint of fresh, fruity taste. These amazing fruit infused water recipes are delicious, beautiful, and have a variety of health benefits depending on the recipe and fruit combo you choose. Kick that lemon water up a notch!
- Healthy living. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you prioritize health in your general day-to-day living, you are more likely to practice and value other healthy habits too. Drinking more water and staying hydrated becomes a more natural part of your day and everyday lifestyle (instead of its own separate goal).
- Eat fruit and veggies. Eat up! Not only are fruit and veggies some of the healthiest, most nutritious foods you can consume, but they have a very high water content (i.e., they are packed with water). Watermelons, strawberries, melons, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, peppers, etc., can all help you stay hydrated.
- Exercise. Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It also makes you thirsty, so drink up! Rehydrate and replenish after a good workout (taking the opportunity to refill a little bit extra too). It’s a chance to make hydration a conscious, regular part of your daily routine (sneaking in some extra water at the same time).
- Encourage healthy choices. You likely encourage your kids and loved ones to drink water instead of lots of pop or other sweetened beverages. Make it a family habit. If you wouldn’t suggest that your children drink pop over water, then it shouldn’t be a choice that you make for yourself either.
Build Good Habits
- Set reminders. Set an alarm or gentle reminder on your phone to drink a glass of water at certain times of the day. It’s a easy, simple prompt that can really make a difference.
- Drink before meals. Have a glass of water before each meal. Not only is that already three glasses of water a day, but it also helps to fill you up and practice portion control during meals (supporting weight loss efforts and maintaining a healthy weight). Listen carefully to your body too. It’s said that often when we feel ‘hungry’ what we really might need is water.
- Drink on the hour. Make it a goal to drink one small glass of water every hour or two during your work day. Pour your glass at the start of the hour, and make it a goal to gradually sip it down before the hour is over. By the end of a typical work day, you’ll be close to the recommended eight glasses of water daily (pacing your hydration throughout the day).
- In the morning. Before you go to bed at night, place a glass of water on your bedside table for the morning. It’s right within reach for you as soon as you wake up (our bodies often wake up thirsty after a night of sleep without hydration). That’s already one glass down before you’re even out of bed.
- In between tasks. If you have a regular or structured daily routine, this could really work for you. Every time you switch or transition between tasks (or at break time), that’s your cue to refill that glass! It makes refilling your cup almost automatic.
- Attach to other habits. Do you have another habit or task that you do repeatedly throughout the day? Pair it with drinking a glass water. Every time you do the task, it’s time to go refill that glass. An excellent habit-building trick from Atomic Habits by James Clear (one of the most life-changing books you’ll ever read).
- One for every coffee. Make it a rule. Every time you have a cup of coffee (or anything caffeinated), drink a glass of water. This will help to keep your hydration balanced and offset the caffeine. Same thing applies to alcoholic beverages too, one glass of water for every boozy drink (this can help minimize any post-alcohol headaches too).
- Reward yourself! Nothing keeps you motivated and striving towards a goal like a shiny reward. Is there something you’ve had your eye on? Promise it to yourself as something special after sticking to your daily water goals for a month. As a bonus, how much better you feel from all that hydration will be a reward in itself too.
- Apps or journal. Habit tracker apps (even specific daily water trackers) are widely available and so easy to use. But really, all you need is a journal or piece of paper to keep track yourself. One of the best ways to stay inspired and make positive change is to keep track, and the best way to do this is by writing it down.
- Fitbit or smartwatch. I just got a Fitbit, I love it! My specific version has a water counter feature that I can log right from the watch or from the app on my phone. I use it every day to track my water intake (and for so many other health goals). It’s been very helpful to see how much water I’ve had at a glance, and more importantly, in encouraging me to drink more than I typically would.
- Get a buddy! An accountability buddy can make all the difference. Do you have friend who is also trying to be more health conscious? Join forces to motivate each other and keep each other accountable. Give a progress report to your buddy at the end of every day. Cheer each other on!
And there you have it, easy and effortless ways to drink more water everyday. I’ll let you know in a few months how I’m doing as I work toward my hydration goals. Now, tell me, do you have a tried and true tip that helps you drink more water? We’d love to try it out!
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