How to Make Drinking Enough Water a Habit for Life

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Water. You know how important it is. The wet stuff helps the body remove waste, lubricates joints and even regulates body temperature. In essence, water is kind of a big deal. And the beauty of it all is the simplicity – just drink more water and you’ll feel better! Of course, sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest to execute. In order to make guzzling more agua a lifelong habit, you’ll need to implement these tips into your daily schedule.

Tips for Drinking More Water Every Day

Once awake, hydrate.

First thing in the morning, drink a large glass of water. Yes, that means plain water comes before coffee, breakfast or your favorite cartoons (okay, you can enjoy water with your cartoons). You’ll get a jump-start on staying hydrated throughout the day, as well as stimulate your appetite for more H2O as the day goes on.

Fancy some fruity?

If you’re not into plain old water (who really is?), have fun with different flavors by infusing your glass with fresh or frozen fruits, herbs and even spices. Like your drinks a little sour? A squeeze of lemon juice will do the trick. When you need a healthy refresh, make a midday mojito with berries and mint leaves. You’ll be left craving more – and, in this case, it’s the good kind of craving!

Bring your own bottle.

A reusable bottle will become your new BFF. Otherwise, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Keeping a full bottle on hand will help encourage you to sip a little all day long. Find a bottle that’s easy to carry, suits your personality and lifestyle and can hold about 16 fluid ounces or more. Don’t worry if you get the urge to name your water bottle – it’s perfectly normal. Besides, the bottles goes wherever you go, so you might as well befriend it.

Top it off.

It’s easy to let the hustle and bustle of a busy life get the best of you from time to time. But remember three things are guaranteed every day: you’ll wake up, you’ll eat and you’ll sleep. Use these daily occurrences as a reminder to drink water. Have a glass as soon as you wake up, again 10 to 15 minutes before each meal and right before hitting the hay. You’ll want to make the bedtime glass a little smaller than the rest, so you’re not waking up too frequently in the middle of the night. Keep in mind that creating a healthy habit can take as long as breaking a bad one. And if you expect to be perfect at it, you will fail perfectly. Don’t fret about dropping the ball – or spilling your cup – now and then. Think of those hiccups as an opportunity to work on your rebounding skills.

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