While the jury remains out on just how much water we need each day (some experts stand by the old recommendation of eight, 8-ounce glass and others now say we need half of our weight in ounces, meaning a 130-pound woman would need 65 ounces), there’s one thing for certain: all of us should probably be drinking more of it. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to trick yourself into it! We’ve got 10 smart tips to help you—whether you’ve made it a new year’s resolution or you just want to get better at hydrating.
1. Drink a glass or two as soon as you wake up.
Before you have your morning coffee or tea, force yourself to drink a glass of water. And help yourself to a second one if you’re feeling extra motivated. Not only will this work to rehydrate you after a night of (hopefully restful) slumber, it will also help you start your day off on the right foot. If you start by drinking water, you’ll be more likely to keep it going throughout the day.
2. Get a pretty pitcher.
If you like your water nice and cold, then the first step to drinking more water is to always have some that’s nice and cold. Get a pretty pitcher, fill it up, and stash it in the fridge. Then, any time you pour from it, refill it before you put it back. This way, you’ll always be prepared.
3. Or a beverage dispenser.
Most beverage dispensers have a larger capacity than pitchers, which means there’s an even lower risk of running out of water. Get one that’ll fit in your fridge if you want cold water or just a pretty one that can sit out on your counter. Any time you go into your kitchen or look in your fridge, you’ll be reminded that it’s time for a sip or three.
4. Invest in a carbonator.
Despite lots of misconceptions, unflavored seltzer is just as hydrating as un-carbonated water. (The one thing to keep in mind is that all those bubbles can lead to burping and bloat.) So, if you prefer fizzy water over flat, go ahead! Get yourself a carbonator so that you can bubble up your water on your own, whenever you want it.
5. Find a water bottle you love.
Look around the conference room table the next time you’re in a meeting at work. You’ll probably notice that almost everyone there has brought their own water bottle. That’s because your coworkers know that the first step toward more drinking water is to, um, actually have water with them. If you get a water bottle that you actually like drinking from (one with a straw or an easy-to-open spout, for example), you’ll be more likely to bring it around with you and use it.
6. And keep it with you at all times.
Worried you’re going to forget that water bottle at work or in the car? Consider getting more than one and keeping them in your most visited places—like your purse, your desk, and your living room.
7. Set an alarm on your phone.
There are a few apps that you can download to track or monitor your water consumption, but you don’t even need to get that involved. Just set your phone’s timer to go off every hour or half-hour (or whatever works for you). When the timer goes off, it’s time to drink a glass.
8. Turn regular water into fancy, spa water.
We get it: Water can be boring. Luckily, it’s super easy to fun up. (And “spa water” just sounds so fancy, doesn’t it?) Slice some lemon wedges, cut some strawberries, or mash a handful of herbs and toss them into a pitcher. You can even spiralize a cucumber to create the prettiest spa water of all time.
9. Swap water for other liquids.
Instead of ordering that soda or iced tea, go for a water the next time you’re out to eat. You can even treat yourself to the sparkling option (see tip number 4) and, bonus, you’d still probably even up spending less money.
10. Make it habit.
Tie your water consumption to an activity. For example, force yourself to have a glass of water every time you get home or before each meal. Do this enough times and, eventually, it’ll become a habit and you’ll do it without even thinking about it.