10 Simple Ways To Drink More Water Every Day

We all know its important to drink water.  The benefits include better skin, detoxified the body and improved digestion.  Not to mention staying hydrated helps us to feel more alert, feel full and curb those cravings.  However, with so many other delicious beverage options,  I am looking at you fountain soda, coffee, and hot tea, it’s hard to make yourself drink water, let alone want to.  Tell me I am not alone?

So, how much water should I drink in a day?

Before we begin drinking more water, it’s important to know how much we need.  A popular theory suggests you should drink 8 – 8 oz glasses of water a day.  Who actually owns an 8 oz glass?  Another popular theory is to take your body weight and times it by 2/3.  Then drink that amount in ounces.  So, for me, I should drink 100 oz of water a day (you can do the math to see how much I weigh ;).  More water is not bad for you so anywhere between 64-100 oz of water, a day would be a good goal.  What’s your goal?

Now that I know how much I need to drink in a day, I have a couple of simple ways I have been purposeful about upping my daily water intake.  With any new habit, it can feel cumbersome at first so don’t give up and give yourself grace when you forget.  Grace is always essential in forming any new habit.

10 simple ways to drink more water

10 Simple Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

1.  Drink a glass of water right away in the morning and right before bed.

Studies show that drinking a lukewarm glass of water right away in the morning helps to “prime your engines” and get your body ready to perform it’s best for the day.  So, even before my morning cup of decaf (because you know I was a glutton for punishment and gave up caffeinated coffee too), I drink a cup of water.

If your bladder can sustain it (and kids do a number to us, so I understand if it can’t), drink another glass of water before bed.  There are also many, many studies on the health benefits of doing this.

2.  Drink out of a straw.

I tend to drink way more water when I drink out of a straw, maybe it’s years of drinking my beloved fountain soda.  Find yourself a good glass (this is mine) with a straw and fill it up. Also, measure how many ounces it holds, so you know how much you are drinking.

3.  Drink Hot Water.

Last year, I stopped putting my tea bag in my hot water.  Now, I prefer drinking hot water at night and all day long in the winter to warm me up.  If I want a little flavor, I keep a bottle of 100% lemon juice in the fridge and add a few drops.  Lemon water is so good for you!  Here is a great article on the health benefits of drinking hot water.  Drinking hot water might make me an old lady but I am a healthy old lady.

4.  Add some flavor.

My favorite way to drink cold water is with some lime juice.  I keep a bottle of 100% lime juice in my fridge and add a few drops to iced water.  You can also find infusion water bottles that allow you to add cucumbers, berries and citrus fruits to add a little flavor.  (Did you know you can find lime juice on Amazon)

5.  Always Order Water.

It’s always my inclination to treat myself to a soda when we go out to eat but not only will you save money but you will increase your water intake by switching your usual beverage of choice with water.  You can always ask for a lime or lemon to add!

6.  Keep Water with You.

It never fails, you get thirsty when you are out running errands or when you are working at your desk.  Get in the habit of taking your favorite straw water bottle or sports bottle with you wherever you go.  The more opportunity you have to drink it, the more you will.

7.  Switch out the soda for sparkling water.

I used to think sparkling water was disgusting but I cut soda for 30 days and replaced it with sparkling water.  When I didn’t have a soda to compare it too, I grew to like it.  Sparkling water now gives me the carbonation and little afternoon treat I liked about soda.

8. Remember the 1 to 1 Rule.

Any time you drink another beverage, try to drink a glass of water with it.  If you are out at a restaurant and order another beverage, order water as well.  I try to drink a glass of water while my coffee is brewing.

9.  Drink a glass of water before every meal.

Often times, we think we are hungry and we are actually dehydrated.  Getting in the habit of starting a meal drinking a glass of water will not only curb over-eating it will also aid in digestion.

10. Get a large jug and fill it in the morning.

Get a gallon sized jug and mark it with how many ounces you want to drink.  Then fill it up every morning and work on drinking from it all day.

Keep on Keeping on drinking more water.

In the beginning, sometimes it’s hard to remember to actually follow through with a new habit.  Create a little worksheet or make a tally on a sticky note on your fridge every time you drink a glass of water.   Remember, if you forget to drink water not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Every day is a new opportunity to make a small change and those little steps over time really do add up!  How do you get more water into your diet?


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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