How Much Do You Drink?

How much do you drink…..of water?

Your body is 60-70% water, with so many vital parts of your body composed of mostly water.  That is why when we are dehydrated, we feel and function poorly in so many different ways.

Water in Body Infographic

While the above infographic provides a good formula to figure out how many cups of water you should drink each day, most people I talk to, including myself, already know that we should drink more water.

So, instead of convincing you to drink more water (which you probably already know you should do), I want to offer up some practical ideas for ways to drink more water.  Some are regular practices I do, and others are routines and practices that other friends do to help them drink more water every day.

  • Buy and use a decent size water bottle, like a 24-32 ounce one.  Remembering to get up and refill cups is hard in the midst of a busy day.  And, tracking eight or more cups per day is difficult as well.  By using a larger water bottle, it helps with both of those difficulties.
  • Personally, I use a 32 ounce water bottle.  I fill it up either first thing in the morning or the night before, placing it next to my bed.  I drink one water bottle within the first hour or so before heading off to work.  I then fill it up for the work day and try to finish it by the end of the work day.  Then when I get home, I have all evening to finish one more bottle.  The natural transitions help me remember to do refills, and it is much easier to track one bottle of water to finish in three different time periods of the day.
  • Drink a good portion of water first thing in the morning.  That way when the day gets busy, even if you forget to drink throughout the day, you have much less “catch-up” to do in the evening.  And, I don’t know about you, but I often wake up pretty thirsty anyway.  In addition, if you are trying to lose weight, many feelings of hunger in the morning are simply because we are dehydrated, so having a few glasses of water or one big water bottle first thing in the morning helps curb hunger pangs as well.
  • One friend I know uses rubber bands or hair-ties around her water bottle, equal to the number of water cups or bottles necessary for her to drink.  Every time she finishes a cup, she removes a rubber band.  Her goal is to remove all the rubber bands by the end of the day.  She adds in different color bands to brighten up her water-drinking habit.
  • Set an hourly reminder on your calendar.  Most people work roughly eight hours a day.  And, most people work at a job where they sit most of those eight hours.  Studies show that sitting for prolonged periods of time has negative effects on the human body.  So, what I have done is to set an hourly reminder on my calendar.  Every hour I get out of my chair and walk around, stretching and moving my body.  It is also a great time to walk and get a refill of water.  Since most people work eight hours a day, doing this will get you eight cups of water during the work day itself.

What are some creative, practical ideas that you have to drink more water?

Let’s Pursue Fitness to Positively Impact Others!

Kevin Hsu, CPT & CTNC