Stop us if we’re wrong: one of your New Year’s Resolutions was “drink more water.” An admirable goal, sure- after all, staying well-hydrated has been linked to many health benefits, including glowing skin, balanced bodily fluids, and energized muscles.

But no matter how good your intentions are, drinking more water isn’t as easy as you think- especially for busy people on the go. And while “drinking more water” is a great resolution in theory, it needs to be a little more specific to be a smart goal.

Start your resolution by calculating how much water you need to drink per day. You’ve probably heard that you should drink eight 8oz glasses of water per day- an easy rule to remember. However, that recommendation has changed in recent years. Now, doctors recommend drinking between half an ounce and an ounce of water per day for each pound you weigh, depending on the type of climate you live in and how much activity you have per day.

For example, someone who weighs 160 pounds would aim to drink between 80-160 ounces of water per day; they’d drink towards the higher end of that range if they live in a hotter climate and/or have a high daily activity level, and they’d drink closer to 80 ounces per day if they live in a cool climate and are sedentary.10 ways to drink more water this year

Now that you know about how much water you need to drink per day, you can tackle small steps to hitting your daily water intake goal. To help you get started, here are ten tips to drink more water this year.

  1. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning.

You’re dehydrated when you wake up, so drinking water will jump start your day (and your metabolism); plus, it’s an easy morning ritual to remember and stick with.

  1. If you hate the lack of flavor in water, experiment with making your own fruit infused water.

Try fun combinations, like watermelon, mint, and lime; kiwis and strawberries; or blueberries, lime, and mint.

  1. Keep a 32oz water bottle at your desk at work.

Make a point to drink the whole thing once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

  1. Drink a full glass of water before every meal.

Bonus- drinking water fills you up, so you’re less likely to overindulge at a meal if you’ve had a glass of water first.

  1. Set a reminder alarm on your phone to drink water every two hours or so.
  2. Or, alternatively, download an app that helps you track your water intake.

The FitBit app allows you to do this easily.

  1. Enjoy your hot coffee or tea with no guilt.

These beverages have tons of water, and even though they’re diuretics, they’re still hydrating, according to WebMD.

  1. Use a straw– you’ll drink more water at a faster pace.
  2. Trade off your drinks.

Make a deal with yourself that for every non-water drink (like coffee, soft drinks, or alcohol), you’ll have a glass of water right afterwards.

  1. Invest in a gorgeous reusable water bottle that looks good and you’ll enjoy using.

Glass water bottles are popular right now for their streamlined, clean look, or maybe a brightly colored water bottle will catch your eye and keep you smiling (and hydrating) throughout the day.

 

Staying hydrated is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and with a few small adjustments to your daily routine, you can increase your water intake to the level that keeps you feeling your best. Thirsty yet?

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