I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – one of the easiest things you can do for your health is to drink more water. It may not seem like it makes that much of a difference, but it absolutely does. Our bodies are mostly water, so drinking more water helps it function better. When I vowed to change my lifestyle to get more healthy, drinking more water was a big step in that process. It’s something I STILL have to focus on, but less often now that I have made it a habit.
And how did I develop this habit of drinking water? There are a lot of tricks I used to train my brain and my body into drinking more. I drink almost a gallon of water every day. How do I know this? I measure it! As I will explain in more detail below, measuring my water consumption has been crucial in helping me drink more of it.
I’ve definitely noticed a difference since I’ve developed this drinking habit. In general, I have more energy, less bloating, and I am physically and mentally more aware. I was blessed with good skin, but drinking more water can keep your skin vibrant and youthful as well. There are a million reasons why drinking water is really important. Other benefits that may inspire you to drink more are fuller tummies (which can lead to weight loss), improved digestion, immune system benefits, and more!
It is so easy to get into the habit of drinking more water! I’ve listed out my top tips, the tricks I PERSONALLY USE to drink more water, below. Use these, and you’ll be on your way to better hydration each and every day!
How to Drink More Water
Get a Gallon
Getting a gallon to track one day’s worth of water helps because you’re able to see exactly where you’re at with your goal, and it reminds you how much more you need to go. Even I don’t usually drink a full gallon, but it’s the easiest way to track my goal and it helped me up my water consumption a lot. Everyone I’ve known who’s used a gallon, or just an extra large water bottle, has found that it’s helped them drink more.
Now, if you think a full gallon is just too much, or you want to start out with something a little smaller, stick with the suggested guidelines. Take your body weight in pounds and divide it by half, that is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking every day (more if you’re exercising too).
Get a Cup
Seeing where you’re at with your goal (when pouring from a gallon) is great, but you can’t be actually drinking from a gallon container all the time! My boyfriend actually introduced me to the concept of a “water cup” when we first met, although he was doing it more as a lazy bachelor thing than a health concept. Hahaha!
The idea is that you have one cup, tumbler, or bottle (or in my boyfriend’s case, a porcelain stein) that you ONLY drink water out of (like this bottle here). A cup that you pour into from your gallon only. Keep that cup with you at ALL times. You can have more than one too. When I was working in an office I had a tumbler at work that was my “water cup” and then another at home. Having a water cup is great because not only do you not have to clean it as often, it helps with creating the habit of drinking more because you have a visual piece that you connect with it.
Associating drinking water with other daily tasks is a surefire way to maintain consistency towards your goal. One especially easy association for me was to drink every time I went to the bathroom. When you first start making a change in your water consumption, you’ll notice that you have to go a lot more often for at least a few days. This also works because you will be taking in fluids as you also “relieve” some fluids.
But don’t just stop there. I remember some days at work associating looking at the clock with taking a sip. So as I kept track of my productivity, I also ensured that I was drinking enough. Maybe drink a glass every time you go home, or right before you’re about to leave. Analyze your day and find little habits that you can associate with taking a drink. This is a HUGELY helpful tip to help you drink more water. I know from experience that this is probably the biggest game changer in actually creating the habit of drinking more throughout the day.
You should know that it’s important to hydrate during and after exercise. The point I’m making here is that exercise will cause you to HAVE to drink more water, so it is another activity that will begin to trigger water-drinking responses in your brain. I always ALWAYS drink more on days I exercise than when I don’t, and I drink more throughout the day instead of all at once. So when you’re still teaching yourself to drink more water, exercise is a FANTASTIC way to get in the habit of doing that. Bonus: exercise ALSO does amazing things for your body, in so many different ways! You probably knew that, but a lot of people don’t realize how this great trick also goes hand in hand with your hydration goals.
If you’re looking for an easy workout to get you started, try this 20 Minute Floor Workout. You don’t even have to stand up to do it! Or if you’re a bit more advanced than that, learn how to make your own custom tabata workout.
Give Yourself Some Grace
You’re not going to be perfect every day. There are some days I drink little more than a half gallon. Just as drinking one gallon on one day is not going to immediately make you healthier, one day with low water consumption will not undo all of your hard work. The key here is consistency. If you have a bad day, make a promise to yourself that you’re going to get right back up on that horse tomorrow. Drink as much
as you can at all times, and if that means that some days you can’t drink as much (for whatever reason), that’s okay. Think of life as one long moment, in which you have committed yourself to drinking more water along the way. You will notice a huge change, as long as you keep consistent.