Water is a vital part of your health and well-being. While common wisdom tells you to consume eight glasses a day, the Institute of Medicine actually recommends 9 to 13 cups (2 to 3 liters) of fluids each day. With a busy schedule, it can be hard to remember something as simple as drinking water.
1. Add flavor to your pitcher
You can add a little bit of excitement and flavor by steeping fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) in your carafe.
2. Have a glass of water each morning
Before going for a cup of tea or coffee, have a glass of water each morning. Try to make this a daily habit. At first, pouring water down your throat each morning may feel difficult, especially if you’re not used to drinking early in the morning; however, after a few days, you should get used to drinking water early in the morning.
3. Drink a glass after every bathroom break
Start a habit by linking drinking water with one of your most common daily activities—going to the bathroom. Getting up from your desk for a bathroom break? Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water. It’s just another way to build the habit into your daily routine. You’ll already be getting up, which means it’s a perfect time to stop by the water cooler or the faucet to fill up your bottle or glass.
4. Carry a water bottle
Oftentimes, people forget to drink water simply because of a lack of access. If you don’t have water near you during work or school, you may neglect to drink it. Try carrying a water bottle with you throughout the day. Keep it at your desk at work or place it in the book bag you take to class.
5. Sip before every meal
If you are making dinner at home, sip while you cook and prep. If you’re out at a restaurant, ask for water when the server comes around to take drink orders. If you’re waiting for your lunch to heat up or your toast to pop, drink water while doing it. Even if you’re putting together a snack, drink that water. It’s just a simple rule that will help you drink more water.
6. Stop at drinking fountains whenever you can
Try to make a point of taking the opportunity to drink water whenever you can. If you see a water fountain, stop and take a sip. Even if you’re not feeling thirsty, make a point of stopping at a fountain to drink. These small sips of water will add up, resulting in an increased fluid take throughout the day.
7. Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice
If you’re drinking something extra sweet like juice, lemonade, or iced tea, water down your beverage by adding ice or even diluting a cup with some water. You’ll still get the sweetness you’re craving and have some extra water at the same time. If you’re not looking forward to having a less sweet version of the thing you’re drinking, fair enough, and this tip might not be for you.