By ALLIE MYSZKA

We all know water is good for our bodies, but how many of us actually drink as much water as we should? Water is important for our overall health, and it’s especially vital in the hot summer months when we’re prone to sweat more and become overheated in the sun. To help you stay hydrated and healthy this summer and beyond, here are a few easy ways to increase your daily water intake.

  1. Tie it to an existing habit.

Your body practically goes into autopilot when you get out of bed to brush your teeth. Use this habit to form a new one of drinking water when you get up in the mornings. Keep a cup next to your sink, and down a glass of water before you’ve even gotten dressed in the mornings. That’s a great start to your day!

  1. Invest in a nice water bottle (or a few).

If you have water readily available to you everywhere you go, you’re far more likely to actually drink it. Purchase a water bottle that fits your needs—choose a color you love, a size that fits easily in your car cupholder or backpack, and a design you’ll actually like carrying around. You can also purchase bottles with built-in filters so you’ll never have to worry about the taste of tap water. To keep yourself on track between multiple locations, purchase one bottle to keep at your desk at work, and another to keep at home. Now you’ll have no excuses!

  1. Drink flavored water.

Can’t stand the taste (or lack thereof) of water? Change it up. Purchase flavored sparkling water (just avoid anything with added sugar) or make your own. Fruit-infusing pitchers and bottles are easy to use and allow you to add just about anything you want to your water, from fresh herbs to strawberries to cucumbers.

If you’re accustomed to drinking soda, sparkling water can be another alternative to plain tap water. Try store-bought flavored sparkling water in place of soda and give your body some healthy and delicious hydration.

  1. Drink a glass of water before a meal.

Whether you’re cooking at home or eating out at a restaurant, it’s always a good idea to start a meal with a glass of water. This will not only hydrate your body, it’ll also prevent you from mixing up hunger and thirst signals, which could lead to overeating.

  1. Track your water intake.

Sometimes, simply having a goal and being aware of our progress toward that goal can be the push we need. Tape a note with tally marks to your calendar for the week, or go high tech and use a free, straightforward app like Waterlogged or Daily Water to track your intake and set reminders for yourself. Need even more motivation? Create a “race” amongst your friends, family or coworkers to see who can drink the most water during a given week.

How do you remember to drink plenty of water throughout each day?

 

Allie Myszka was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.