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12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day

Water Tactics that Help You Get in Your 8


11. Combine habits
Get in the habit of drinking a cup of water when you do other things in your daily routine. Love long baths? Fill your water bottle when filling the tub. Working out? Keep your bottle beside you. Heading for bed? Set a glass on the nightstand. Reading by the fire? Always bring a cup of tea along. Develop water habits that go with your routines.

12. Reward your hard workf
Make a habit of having special water after each workout, for example. This can be water you gussy up yourself with a slice of lemon or lime, a fruit-flavored water, or (what I enjoy) a tall sparking mineral water.

Just a couple of these tricks can push you across the eight-cup finish line fairly painlessly. So raise a glass and tell your metabolism who’s the boss. Sometimes, simply conquering your water goal is enough to set you on the right path in even more areas. Cheers!

Cindy Dyson is a novelist, who discovered SparkPeople through her sister. Although she doesn’t struggle with getting enough water anymore, several members of her SparkTeam do. She created this list to help them, but found herself enjoying water more than ever as a result.
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Member Comments

  • I have a large pitcher which I have marked with a black marker at the 64 oz. level. I fill the pitcher to the 64 oz. each morning. I pour my water from there. When I go out I fill my water bottle water from that pitcher. At the end of the day I know I have had 64 oz. water and may even have more. - 11/28/2015 3:58:49 PM
  • Drinking water while driving can be tricky. It doesn't work for me. - 11/22/2015 2:50:08 PM
  • I find if I get 1/2 of my water quota in before lunch, I'm good for the day. I drink water with every meal and I enjoy a sparkling water or herbal tea in the evenings. - 11/22/2015 9:39:56 AM
    I struggle to get in 8 glasses of water a day, but, have increased the number of glasses I do drink. I think I will try the warm water drink with herbal teas. I understand that it is a great relaxer before bed. - 10/9/2015 1:48:50 PM
  • Hooray! Drinking puppies is good for you! That's the message of the picture posted with your article, yes?

    Please ... take the moment to quality review your posts on G+ before clicking "Publish" or "Send". Your member readers who want to share your articles (but don't want to seem like they're forwarding spam because the picture doesn't match the title or blurb text) will thank you for it.
    - 8/18/2015 10:43:56 AM
  • Found, when possible, exercising near bodies of water always makes me drink more...running by the ocean, walking along the lake or river shore, etc. - 7/18/2015 2:32:13 AM
  • THANKS!!! Just the article I needed! - 6/25/2015 10:32:48 PM
  • Please don't leave bottled water in your hot car and then drink it. BPA levels in your plastic bottle are harmful when your car is over 120 F. - 6/25/2015 10:27:46 AM
  • I place 2 or 3 chunks each of pineapple and strawberries in 3 cup container filled with filtered water; let it steep for 18-24 hours. Pour into water bottle along with a couple of the pieces of fruit & drink up! This is a great combination of fruits & makes the water taste so-o-o good! This is my substitute for plain, old boring water. - 6/25/2015 9:53:36 AM
    Not gonna lie -- I struggle with my water intake at home. At work, I'm much more successful. We have great filtered water and tons of ice, so I just force myself to drink water all morning. That way I know I have my half-my-body-weig
    ht in by 2 at the latest. - 6/25/2015 9:49:09 AM
    My dietitian says, it does not HAVE to be water, any and every liquid you take in counts, and NO magic about 8 glasses!! Some people will develope kidney issues trying to force that much down!! It's an old fashioned rule. Please refrain from pounding it in stone. I hate water, I drink coffee day and night, sips, not cup after cup. It's still OK! - 6/25/2015 5:26:20 AM
  • The "eight glasses" recommendation was based on a 1942 guideline for soldiers. I try to drink at least 5 glasses, knowing that my foods have water in them as well.
    - 4/25/2015 7:20:52 AM
    I always try to drink 8 oz in the morning with my morning pills and to wake up and sip on 8 oz at night while in bed playing phone games/watching TV. (I have to keep a little bit of water on my nightstand as my blood pressure pills make me cough a little bit.) I have my own 12 oz plastic glass at work and a marked 24 oz water bottle that I fill in the morning (1 full water bottle + 1 glass + ice cubes (4 oz when melted, which ALWAYS happens) = 40 oz. That's 56 oz without counting lunch and dinner. If something is caffeine/calorie free, I'll allow myself up to 24 oz of that per day, but mostly pure water. Fortunately I'm not tied to a desk so I'm able to go potty whenever the need strikes. We like to to go to the casino and I'll drink soda while there, but I'll alternate a cup of water with every cup of soda (and make sure I count the calories!). - 4/24/2015 10:13:56 AM
  • Add mint, cucumber, or lemon... or all three to your water! Its good for you! :) - 1/26/2015 1:54:08 PM
    I like drinking water, especially heated water. Sometimes I add honey to it, sometimes I add cinnamon or there are times when I add both. Water added to food would also count then such as using a cup of water to make oatmeal. - 1/20/2015 9:45:46 AM

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