How To Increase Your Water Intake

One of my new years resolutions was to drink more water . . . and I’ve been failing miserably! No doubt, I’ve definitely made progress from last year, but I’m nowhere near my goal of drinking 64oz a day.

I’d like to look for ways to incorporate water into my life easily without too much hassle! It turns out that I’m not the only one: Meghan and Jess commented to say that they were thinking the same thing (check out their blogs, they rock!).

After reading other blogs (like Life Water Fit, she’s also awesome), doing a bit of thinking, and seeing what works (and doesn’t work) for me, these are the some ideas I came up with to drink more water:

4 Ways to Stay Hydrated:

1. Plan ahead to refill. I’ve had multiple times where I wanted to bring water with me but thought, “Darn, I don’t have time to fill up!” Planning ahead allows you to really think about when you’ll need to refill your water bottle. This could include thinking about when you’ll wake up the next day, how many times you anticipate leaving the house, when you’ll exercise, etc.  Give yourself time to refill.

2. Thirst is a bad sign! If you’re only drinking water when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated (at least, that’s what I learned in my EMT class). So, if you’re feeling thirsty, you should definitely reach for that water bottle. Which leads me to my next point . . .

3. Find a water bottle that works for you. For me, I like knowing how much water I’ve had that day and being able to know how much I have left. That’s why I chose a bottle that’s sort of ridiculous looking! It’s massive, but it cuts down on how many times I need to refill, and it tells me how many ounces are in the container.

4. Keep your water bottle near you. I get lazy sometimes. Which means that if my water bottle is downstairs and I’m upstairs, there is NO WAY I’m moving myself off the couch to get it! That being said, keep it with you. All. The. Time. When you get in the car, when you exercise, when you go to bed. It should be your constant companion!

Good luck with your water goals everyone! Also, I appreciate those of you that have left comments this past week and hope to hear from more of you soon.

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20 Comments

  1. Yes I have been waiting for this post! I have increased my water intake by getting one of those knock off yeti containers (I drink more water when it is ice cold) and juicing half a lemon into a huge tumbler. I hope that as I continue to increase my intake it becomes more routine and less difficult.

    1. Ha, that yeti cup comment cracked me up, because my mom tried to buy one for my dad for Christmas and they only sent him the lid! Thanks for sharing your what helps you drink more water, we all need a little and inspiration and help with that it seems 🙂

  2. This is great! I can relate, drinking enough water is always a problem. Thankfully we have a big water cooler at work so it’s easy to refill when I need to, it the matter of remembering to actually drink my water and take little breaks between projects.

  3. I’ve found it easy to increase my water intake by just constantly having my swell water bottle with me, it’s small enough to fit in my backpack and can also fit in my purse! Also, those big venti cold drink tumblers from Starbucks with straws are awesome, i drink so much water from them when I’m studying, without even thinking about it! ☺

      1. Well, I debated about buying one for about a year because eek, the price! And the best selling point for me was that they claim to keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold ones cold for 24. When I bought it I hoped it would live up to their claim, and I’ve been in 30 degree weather multiple times, and ice stays frozen for the entire day 🙂 That and it’s a really convenient size (I got the mid-sized one) that fits into my backpack, and is very leakproof (won’t break if I hit/drop my backpack, or has a lid that’s easily opened). I also haven’t tried out the hot drinks hot for 12 hours claim, as I just use it for a water bottle. I do find that after a couple months the inside does acquire a bit of a ‘stale water’ smell, and I put about 2 tbsp of vinegar and fill it up with water, leave it to soak overnight, then air dry, and it’s just like new again 🙂 I really love mine and definitely recommend them 🙂 Oh, also and it doesn’t ‘sweat’ with ice in it, so none of my books get wet 🙂

        1. Wow, yeah, that’s way cooler than I expected! It’s sort of like a Yeti cup, but more feminine (at least that’s the vibe in getting). Thanks for filling me in, that’s super awesome!

  4. I’ve been trying to drink more water too. And apart from the tips you mentioned, what also works for me is I use an app that gives me constant reminders to drink water. You can set goals and reminder intervals as well. You can keep updating your progress and that really motivates to reach the daily water intake goal 🙂

  5. These tips are super helpful! One of my resolutions is to drink 72 oz a day. I have a 24 oz tervis water bottle that I love. It keeps my drink cold, doesn’t sweat, easy to take with me and it shows the ounces on the bottle so I know how much I’ve drinken. I usually try to drink one whole bottle in the morning, one around lunchtime and one in the afternoon to get my full 72! Its been challenging but I can definitely notice the benefits already!

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