3 ways to start drinking more water

Water is the base line of any good diet and fitness plan.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, up to 60 percent of the adult human body is made up of water. So it makes since that staying hydrated is key to succeeding in your health goals.

How much water you should drink depends on your body weight and dietary habits. There is no golden number for how many ounces of water you should be drinking each day, but a common rule of thumb is eight glasses of water a day.

So how can you start drinking more water?

You can give these methods a try and adjust your intake to match your lifestyle needs. 

1. Measure out a water bottle

Invest in a quality water bottle and section off time frames along the side of the bottle, starting from when you typically start to your day to when you usually call it a night. Section the time frames evenly. Each time frame represents how much water you should have consumed by that time. This method helps you visualize how much water you’re drinking and the deadline-based structure helps you make sure you’re staying on track.

2. Add fruit to your water

Many people don’t drink enough water because they find it bland. If plain water isn’t your thing, you can switch it up by adding slices of your favorite fruit to you water bottle. The fruit flavor will blend with the water, giving it a refreshing taste that you’ll enjoy. You can add fruit straight to your regular water bottle or you can purchase an infusion water bottle.

3. Use your phone

Your phone can help you drink more water in several ways. You can set alarms to remind you to drink water, so you can make sure you’re drinking water throughout the day. You can also download apps to track how much water you’re drinking, such as Water Alert on iOS or Hydro Coach on Android.