How to get yourself to Drink More Water!

Septimus Septimus
Okay, I know that it's important to drink lots of water, and I always feel better when I'm getting in at least 64 oz a day. My skin seems softer and more clear, my hair looks healthier and I feel more energetic.
But it's hard to remember that I should be drinking water instead of reaching for another soda. And honestly, water tastes kinda gross after the first 40 oz or so.
So... Any tips and tricks you guys can offer?
What do you do to help get your 64 oz in?
01/17/2013
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I have a reusable 32 oz bottle I carry with me EVERYWHERE. I find I drink a lot, absentmindedly, when I'm bored. I'll end up drinking the whole bottle in one 50 minute class. Of course, then my bladder wants to explode...but the point is, if I have my water with me, I drink it automatically.

Another thing you can do is get two bottles and make increments on them. Space them out so you're drinking a few oz every hour and label the lines so you know how much to drink between, say, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.


Sort of like that.
01/17/2013
anonymous1298304 anonymous1298304
I don't keep soda in the house unless I'm expecting company. if i'm craving a pepsi I'll go to the gas station and buy one single can to get my fix. I used to hate water so much that i would gag trying to drink it. I started off by putting fresh lemon slices in water and keeping water in the fridge so it's colder. I don't even need the lemon anymore. Another habit to get in is to get a travel bottle and never leave the house without water.

I also take vitamins and supplements, so the water I drink to down vitamins 3x a day is quite a bit in itself.

as much as i used to hate water, i really do think it's a habit that anybody can get into. and if there's nothing else in the house to drink there is really no chance of temptation. I found that I wwas getting headaches before, i think i was actually dehydrated.
01/17/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Green or herbal tea, usually iced (easy to do in Florida).
01/17/2013
Edeneve Edeneve
first of all, 8 8 oz's of water is outdated according to current research. they say we get lots of water in our veggies so we only need 5 8 oz'ers. I stopped buying soda & increased my water intake. I always carry a bottle w/ me & drink all day that way. as far as the water tasting yucky, I I run my water through a charcoal filter pitcher system.
01/17/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Quote:
Originally posted by Edeneve
first of all, 8 8 oz's of water is outdated according to current research. they say we get lots of water in our veggies so we only need 5 8 oz'ers. I stopped buying soda & increased my water intake. I always carry a bottle w/ me & ... More
Some current research is saying that our body functions best when we drink 1/2 an oz per pound we weigh. So, for example, if you weigh 120 lbs, drinking 60 oz is great.

I really just think it's whatever makes you feel best. I feel best when I have upwards of 90-100 oz a day.
01/17/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
If I have a bottle of water siting in front of me, I'm going to drink it. It's just a habit. I grab for one all day long.
01/17/2013
captainsgirl captainsgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by Septimus
Okay, I know that it's important to drink lots of water, and I always feel better when I'm getting in at least 64 oz a day. My skin seems softer and more clear, my hair looks healthier and I feel more energetic.
But it's hard to ... More
i have a reusable bottle and i put rubber bands on it. each rubber band signifies a bottle of water. after i drink one bottle i take one band off then refil. once they are all gone you know you have had your daily water.
01/17/2013
potstickers potstickers
I use sugar-free flavor enhancers like packets of powdered flavoring or liquid flavoring like Mio.
01/17/2013
married with children married with children
if you find yourself reaching for a soda, then just get rid of the sodas. then you wont have a choice but to drink water.
01/17/2013
RonLee RonLee
I like water, I'm drinking a 20 oz glass of ice water right now.
Of course I've already had a couple of cocktails... LOL.
01/17/2013
Taylor Taylor
I make infused water in a big pitcher and it flavors the water without adding a lot of sugar and calories to it. Just chop up a few pieces of fruit or put some herbs in it and let it sit for a few hours in the fridge. It's actually really refreshing.

My favorite to make is to chop up a couple of lemons and a few fresh basil leaves in the water.

I also carry a water bottle around with me everywhere, it makes it easy to drink water.
01/17/2013
EvilHomer EvilHomer
I'm probably guilty of not drinking enough water. But, one thing that helps me, it I pour a 20 oz pint glass of water before I go to bed and leave it by the bedside, I end up drinking it when I get up during the night.

If you factor in other fluids, I probably get enough.
01/17/2013
misterazor misterazor
Quote:
Originally posted by XxFallenAngelxX
If I have a bottle of water siting in front of me, I'm going to drink it. It's just a habit. I grab for one all day long.
this was my thought as well. buy cases of bottled water and have them placed on the living room table, next to the bed, in your car...and throw out your pop...or drink faygo. it's caffiene free.

don't forget to recycle the water bottles.
01/18/2013
Trixxxy Trixxxy
Put something in it to make it tasty lol
01/18/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by Septimus
Okay, I know that it's important to drink lots of water, and I always feel better when I'm getting in at least 64 oz a day. My skin seems softer and more clear, my hair looks healthier and I feel more energetic.
But it's hard to ... More
I needed desperately to get water back into my diet, so I started getting water flavoring to make me drink it. When I got ill several years ago, water would upset my stomach and I ended up avoiding it for so long. So I began using Mio -- I've tried several flavors & I have the black cherry energy one right now and love it.

What I do is boil a gallon of water (to get rid of as much of the nasties as possible) and then put it in a pitcher and keep it in the fridge. This also helps me to keep up with how much I'm drinking weekly. I had to boil a whole new pitcher today, so that means I have been going through a gallon & a half every week! Mio is the only thing that helped me get water back into my diet and you wouldn't believe the changes in my skin and everything! I'm working on getting even more into my diet, but I'm also drinking a cup of coffee a day, a Dr. Pepper & a glass of Kefir & by the time the day's over, I often don't want to drink anything else.

Mio can be found at almost any gas station or grocery store. I like that it's not as unhealthy as Kool Aid or something. If you don't want to pay $3 for the little tube it comes in, you could always add drops of lemon to water, if that would do it for you. It's not enough to make me drink water, but it'll do it for some people.

PS. Mio comes in many different flavors. You can always add your own homemade flavoring if you're creative enough. My next goal is to start making distilled water (gets rid of the fluoride & I'm trying to go as fluoride free as humanly possible because it's so extremely dangerous. I've even quit toothpaste and haven't touched the gross shit since early August.)
01/18/2013
GONE! GONE!
I just make sure to have it near me when I'm sitting around. Like, if I'm on my computer, there's water near me. So I keep absentmindedly drinking it.
01/18/2013
LoooveMonkey LoooveMonkey
Crystal light pure makes water delicious! And it's sweetened with Stevia instead of nasty artificial sweeteners.
01/18/2013
lovebites lovebites
Quote:
Originally posted by Lildrummrgurl7
I have a reusable 32 oz bottle I carry with me EVERYWHERE. I find I drink a lot, absentmindedly, when I'm bored. I'll end up drinking the whole bottle in one 50 minute class. Of course, then my bladder wants to explode...but the point is, if ... More
good idea!
01/18/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
make some cold green tea, or just make your water really cold! Add some lemon. Yum!
01/18/2013
Jaimes Jaimes
I pick up a bottle of the Sobe coconut water, enjoy that, and then just refill the bottle from the tap for a few days, because I really like the bottle. A bit more solid than other water bottles.

I'm still not great about enjoying plain water, but I like the crystal light lemonade. If it tastes a bit better than plain water, I tend to drink in 8-10 oz bursts, instead of constant sipping.

But boy am I bad about water. Trying to force myself to drink it more often.
01/18/2013
Incendiaire Incendiaire
I'm terrible at remembering to drink throughout the day; I think the only way you could get more water in me is through an intravenous drip.
01/18/2013
Bleu Bleu
I have a really big cup that I use to get water....I think it fits myself 32oz, maybe a little less and I fill that with water.

I need to get a water bottle so that I can carry them around every day. I donate blood often so I think my body should be at the tip top~

I'd also like to point out that everyone's water needs are different. Saying "Drink 2L of water a day!" is really general since I know people who require more (athletes mostly).
01/18/2013
satinlady550 satinlady550
Quote:
Originally posted by Septimus
Okay, I know that it's important to drink lots of water, and I always feel better when I'm getting in at least 64 oz a day. My skin seems softer and more clear, my hair looks healthier and I feel more energetic.
But it's hard to ... More
I started putting lemon in my water. I buy the lemom extract or real lemon juice in the bottle and squeeze the desired amount to kill the tap water taste. I don't add sugar because I'm really trying to cut back. Good luck
01/18/2013
potstickers potstickers
Quote:
Originally posted by misterazor
this was my thought as well. buy cases of bottled water and have them placed on the living room table, next to the bed, in your car...and throw out your pop...or drink faygo. it's caffiene free.

don't forget to recycle the water bottles.
I have to pay a deposit on every bottle. I'd rather use a Brita filter than have to recycle bottles all the time.
01/22/2013
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