We’ve all heard the many wonderful benefits of drinking water: younger skin, a healthier body, more energy, survival — the list goes on. In short, water will turn you into a more beautiful you.
The rule of thumb is that we’re supposed to drink about 64 ounces daily, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. For those of you who are struggling to meet the quota, these five water hacks can help make downing the recommended dose of H2O as simple as possible.
1. Add some flavor
If you’re one of those people who don’t like to drink plain water, it’s time to get creative. Think of water as a cup of coffee: If you don’t drink it black, you might like it with some cream and sugar (if you don’t like coffee either, then you might need a different kind of help). Anyway, back to water. Try adding flavor to your water with chunks of fruit and herbs. We recommend lemon, orange or mint. If your tendencies cause you to lean toward hand-crafted lattes, as opposed to plain old coffee, you could give a few of these recipes a shot. As it turns out, fruit-infused water is all the rage these days.
2. There’s an app for that
We know you have a difficult enough time trying to remember where you put your keys, let alone whether or not you managed to drink 8 ounces glasses of water that day. Luckily, we live in a world where there’s an app for absolutely everything, including water consumption. Hydro can help you stay hydrated with friendly reminders, a water consumption calculator and overviews of your drinking habits. Let your phone worry about your hydration habits, so you can focus on finding those keys (check your jacket pockets by the way; that’s where we typically leave ours).
3. Follow a schedule
On paper, 64 ounces of water seems intimidating, but truth be told it’s not that difficult to accomplish. We have faith in all of you. The trick is to set a water drinking schedule for yourself and follow it on a daily basis — and no, you can’t have a “cheat day.” If you want to hit that recommended quota, try drinking 8 to 12 ounces of water at these times every day:
- Immediately after waking up in the morning: Be sure to always keep a glass of water at your bedside.
- Throw back a glass before each meal, and whenever you feel famished. Often, when you feel like you’re “literally starving,” it’s actually just dehydration.
- At least once during the workday while you’re sitting at your desk. If you’re prone to getting lost in your work, just remember to take a few sips every hour.
- When you sit down at the end of the night for a quick-ish binge-watching session of your favorite Netflix show (don’t feel guilty; everyone does this).
- Before you go to sleep at night. If you can stay up to watch one more Netflix episode, you have time to drink one last glass of water.
The exact amount of water you should consume each day could be more or less than 64 ounces, depending on your lifestyle and size. Experiment to find the amount that makes you feel best, or use a water-intake calculator.
4. Choose your bottle wisely
We all have that one friend who’s always around and willing to hang out. Let’s pretend water is that friend. The two of you are attached at the hip (or should we say sip). You should be bringing water with you everywhere you go, so it’s important that you like what you’re drinking from. Find the bottle that works best for you. If you don’t want to refill constantly, invest in a larger bottle. Buy a heavy-duty one if you tend to lead a more rugged lifestyle. If you’re concerned with style, there are plenty of fashion-forward choices out there. After all, our closest friends are those that we share common interests with, right? The bottom line is that you should be carrying it with you at all times. This way you’ll be more likely to stay sippin’ all day long, not to mention it’s much better for the environment than plastic cups or bottles.
5. Keep the change
Whether you’re out for dinner or drinks, substituting water for other beverages can help keep your wallet full and your mind clear. Think about all the money you spend buying beverages while you’re out. Let’s do some quick math:
On average, Americans eat out 4.2 times per week. Since the average meal costs around $13, which includes that $3 drink, we’re essentially spending $12.60 on beverages per week. Drinking water instead could help you save around $57 a month and $680 per year!
So maybe it’s time to ditch the sugary drinks and stick with a tall glass of H2O. That money you’re spending could be put toward something much more beneficial, like a vacation to Maui, or that personal trainer you’ve wanted to hire.
Now that we’ve exhausted every one of your excuses, it’s time to drink up!