Drinking enough water throughout the day is essential for your health. The human body needs water to maintain overall fluid balance. Water transports nutrients throughout the body, helps regulate body temperature and aids in digestion, among many other necessary functions. So how much water should you drink? The old standby was “eight glasses a day”, but it really depends on your bodyweight and physical activity level. Some of us need much more than 64 ounces of water a day. So, how do you make sure you’re drinking enough water every day? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get into the habit of drinking enough water throughout your day.
Use the Same Container for Water Every Day
If you use the same cup or water bottle every day that you only use for water, you’ll know how much water you’re drinking by how often you’re refilling it. For example, if you have a 16 oz. water bottle, you can set a goal of refilling it 4-5 times a day.
Add Fruit to Your Water Bottle
If you’re used to drinking juice or soda during the day, switching to water can seem bland and boring. Adding fruit like lemon or lime slices, or even berries can make a huge difference in flavor and encourage you to drink more.
Combine Drinking Water with Regular Activities
Drinking a glass of water either before or after doing a regular activity that you do every day can really help develop habits. For example, try drinking a glass of water after making a bathroom trip, or before checking your email. The trick is to link water to one activity and stick to it. You’ll be surprised how quickly your habits will change.
There’s an App for That
If you’re still having trouble sticking to your new habits, download an app on your phone that allows you to track each glass you drink.
Try these tricks and you’ll be drinking enough water in no time!