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Do you want to make changes to your health, but don’t know where to start? If so, watching your water intake can be the perfect place to start. It’s a simple, small change, but has so many benefits. Just to name a few: Water gives you energy, your skin looks better, your kidneys work better, it helps keep away headaches, and so much more. Your body just works so much better when well hydrated!

8 Ways to Drink More Water. With free printable water intake tracker.

If you need to be reminded of the benefits of drinking water, check out the following links:

Why can staying hydrated be so hard? If you have trouble drinking enough water, I have a few tips to share with you. Here are…

8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day:

Set a Goal

Decide how much water you want to drink each day. Read this article if you are having trouble figuring out how much water you should drink. Your weight, exercise intensity and frequency, environment (you’ll need more in the hot summer!), and other situations will come into play. Don’t get stuck on the actual amount. If you don’t want to think too hard on this step, you can start with the common eight 8-ounce glasses of water because it’s simple to remember.  

I find it easiest to set just one goal for the day and then break it out by my desired number of ounces. If your goal is 64 ounces and you have a 16-ounce water bottle, think of your goal as 4 water bottles for simplicity’s sake.

If you need to take the goal further, set a goal to drink a certain amount at set times during the day. For example: drink 8 ounces as soon as you wake up or drink 8 ounces of water before each meal (this can also curb calorie intake if that interests you).

Track Your Progress

Track your progress on paper. Here is a printable tracker for you to use:

8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day with printable water intake tracker

Track your progress on an app. Here are a few apps to try: Daily Water Free, Water Drink Reminder, iDrated, or Waterlogged.

Get a water bottle that helps you track your progress. This water bottle even has an alarm to remind you to drink!

Get stickers to add to your current planner or notebook.

 

Find a water bottle you’ll actually use

Have you ever purchased new workout clothes to help motivate yourself to workout? This is the same thing. If you are excited about your new water bottle, you might be more likely to carry it around with you all day.

I currently use Ello BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle with Flip Lid.

I used to have the Thermos Intak Hydration Bottle with Meter. This water bottle has a rotating meter on the lid that helps you monitor your daily water consumption.

If you enjoy infused water, you could try out Asobu Flavor It Glass Water Bottle With Fruit Infuser.

Keep water with you at all times

Now that you have a water bottle you like, keep it with you all day. If you don’t have water easily accessible, it’s easy to forget to drink up. It’s much easier to fill up when your water is nearby. Keep water at your desk at work or keep a glass of water by your bed.

Add flavor and find a water you enjoy

If you do not enjoy the taste of plain water, try making infused water. It’s quick, simple, and can be inexpensive. I don’t mind the taste of water, so I used to think it was a waste to spend ANY time or money to make infused water. It was easier and cheaper to just drink from the tap! But…this summer I tried cucumber water and I am sold. It is so refreshing!

Check out this post for ideas or follow these simple steps to make cucumber water:

  • Scrub the cucumber (or peel it) if you do not use organic. You will want it super clean if it’s floating around in your water.
  • Slice up the cucumber and place it in a pitcher.
  • Pour water over the cucumber and put in the fridge for a few hours.
  • Drink up!

Eat your water

If you have trouble drinking enough water, consider focusing on water-rich foods. Watermelon and cucumbers both have a high water content. Here are 15 foods to help you stay hydrated.

Get your children involved

Find a water bottle your child enjoys using. If they have a water bottle to carry around, you may be less likely to forget yours. My girls love their Klean Kid Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle.

Dilute your sugary drinks with water or ice.

This may take some getting used to. If you drink juice, lemonade, or other sugary drinks on a daily basis, consider diluting your drinks to cut down on your sugar intake. You will still enjoy the sweetness of the drink and it will be healthier than drinking so much sugar and calories. Once it’s diluted, you can drink more! If I give my girls juice or lemonade, I always water it down a bit. They don’t even notice and still think it’s a treat!

Don’t forget to print off your printable to track your progress

8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day with printable water intake tracker

I hope you find these tips helpful! What tips and tricks do you use to stay hydrated?

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8 Ways to Drink More Water. With free printable water intake tracker.

Drinking more water was my Mini Goal for July. I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.

If you want to focus on Health & Wellness and want to record your goals and track your progress, check out my Health and Wellness Printable Planner.

Use the Health and Wellness Planner to:

  • Plan and track your fitness, nutrition, and wellness goals and habits
  • Create action steps necessary to fulfill your goals
  • Bring your new healthy habits into your daily schedule
  • Plan and track your workouts
  • Plan and track your meals
  • Track your vitamins, supplements, and other medications
  • List your favorite resources to aid and motivate you on your health journey

Health and Wellness Printable Planner.

Hold yourself accountable with your health goals with this printable planner. The Health and Wellness Printable Planner includes 9 pages. Use them all or pick and choose based on the plan that works best for you. The entire planner is undated so you can start using the planner at any time throughout the year. 

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31 Comments on 8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

  1. Great tips! I am getting better about drinking water. I’ve been keeping it by my bedside and wake up to take about 20 sips. I also got a new cup that’s motivating me. But, I may need that one that has an alarm!!

  2. Great tips! I need to do a little bit better with this. I did get the kids drinking more water this summer – it’s amazing what a fun water bottle will do for them! :)

    • Yes! My girls love carrying around their water bottles. I even let my oldest pick out what color she wanted…which was super exciting for her. :)

  3. I bought a beautiful cup that holds 3 cups of water. Fill it up twice and it’s one that keeps it cold all day.

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. It is especially hard to stay hydrated while breastfeeding. This is my problem at the moment. Thanks for the tips and the tracker :)

  5. Great post! I usually am a great water drinker. But, in the summer, when the heat is unbearable, I crave Mountain Dew!! It is soooo bad for you! I have had 3 Dews in 6 weeks! I have found, however, if I drink a large glass of cold water, the craving diminishes significantly! 8)

    • Hi Kimberly! I used to drink tons of soda – 3-4 cans a day, yikes! Now that I’m done with that I love drinking water, so be encouraged that the cravings won’t last :). Now when I crave something fizzy, I drink natural sparkling water – Pellegrino with a drop of food grade essential oils…..tangerine is my favorite. The fizzies seem to satisfy that soda craving. Take care!

  6. If I don’t keep track it is easy to think I’m drinking enough when in fact I’m not. Great tips here. Great water bottle suggestions too. Thanks for sharing. Pinned this post.

  7. Thanks for the tips! I use a big Nalgene bottle and make myself drink in the morning and in the afternoon. I get 64 ounces in that way. I go in streaks though, I know I should but water gets boring.
    I’m going to strive to do better!
    Thanks again!
    Your #100happydays neighbor,
    Julie

  8. Oh, I used to love drinking water, but after I got pregnant, water had a weird taste that was hard for me to get used to again. I’ve found that I have to pour myself a cup of water first thing in the morning or I will forget. Taking a water bottle with you everywhere you go is a great tip!

  9. Water is so important especially when it’s so hot outside. Sometimes I get bored with water, but I need and should start remembering to add flavoring to the water to make it more enjoyable.

  10. Nice content. I’d agree in all your suggestion for making you drink more water per day. I’d also like to put an emphasis on which source you’d like to get your drinking water to guarantee its safety. Water filtration systems are the best option for household as they provide quick and cheap access to clean water for drinking. Find out more here: http://berkeywaterfilterinfo.com/

  11. Tracking your progress is a great way to stay on top of how much water you actually drink. If you are more aware then you will know what changes you need to be making.

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