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12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day

Water Tactics that Make Every Day an 8-cup Success

-- By Cindy Dyson, SparkPeople member
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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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  • LAURAPEB
    Love that tea counts!! Fixing me a nice herbal right now! - 7/1/2014 8:27:07 PM
  • Be careful with the tip about leaving bottled water in your car. BPA is a real problem, and it leaches out of bottles when they get warm. So, if you leave them in the hot car, you might be getting a hefty dose of BPA. Check to see if the bottles you buy have BPA in them. - 7/1/2014 2:56:54 PM
  • I drink a lot of water myself. Everything from my own tap to sparkling water (which I love, not sure why all soda fountains do not have the soda water option). I only drink water, tea, coffee and the occasional beer so it's easy to get the water in. I don't like pop, it's way too sweet, so guess what I drink when out. - 7/1/2014 12:15:12 PM
  • JENICH1
    I find that if I keep my water icy cold, I drink more of it. If my glass of water gets warm before I finish it, I add ice to it. I have a reusable water bottle with a wide mouth so I can put lots of ice in it. When I go out to run errands, I take a cooler bag and ice packs to keep my water bottle cold when I have to leave it in the parked car. - 7/1/2014 9:48:09 AM
  • I have no problems drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Usually, it's more like 16 glasses a day. That creates a whole new problem. I need to GO all the time! - 4/24/2014 11:11:08 AM
  • 00DMXX
    Its supposed to be a huge *NO-NO* to drink water that has been left in the car. When non-BPA free bottles get warm, they release carcinogens into the water. (Which is also why you should use microwave safe plastic there). Besides, buying more PET bottles, and plastic drinking straws, too, is terrible for the environment. Buy BPA free, reusable water bottles (with built in straws) to follow these great tips? YES! - 4/24/2014 4:40:37 AM
  • N1CHOLAS
    Very good article, with great tips. It's always amazing to me how neglected water is in peoples nutrition habits. Not only do most people not drink enough, but they drink caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda all day, and caffeine is a dietetic, dehydrating you even more. - 3/2/2014 5:49:42 PM
  • I cannot drink plain water - it's just too boring. Enter the liquid water enhancers that everyone is making now. I drink twice as much water if it's got a little flav a flav! - 2/12/2014 3:23:28 PM
  • CLKEATING23
    it seems so easy---but I always struggle to get enough water--and I always feel so much better when i do. best thing i've done is download the "watermind me" app. don't have to count ounces, no ads, it's free. i love it. it pings me like i have a text message---then i feel guilty if i don't have a glass. just like the tip about setting the reminders---only it does it for me. i love it. - 2/5/2014 2:40:23 AM
  • Great tips. I look forward to incorporating some of these suggestions. - 12/4/2013 4:26:08 AM
  • I freeze my large 32 ounce water bottle, bring it out in the morning to thaw - so I have ICE cold water. It really makes a difference. For dinner its some flavored water (lemon, orange, cherry.... ) but always very cold. I have a pitcher in the fridge for morning that I keep in the lower part to get real cold too. - 10/31/2013 10:59:13 PM
  • NATURELADY101
    Some of these ideas are keepers for sure...I do like that tea can count though an 8 ounce mug of tea is pretty big! :) - 10/31/2013 8:25:32 PM
  • LACYDT9...I so feel your pain! I can drink 8 oz of water and have to GO every 5 minutes for the next hour...literally! It's one of the things that has interfered with my getting enough water. Oddly enough, other drinks, like soda (diet or regular) don't do this to me. After about a month or so, if I keep up with my water drinking, I find I don't have to go so often any more...at least that's how it was when I first started this about a year ago! Maybe my body just needs to get used to it or something...Here'
    s hoping it works out for all of us with teeny-weeny bladders! ;) - 10/31/2013 11:45:35 AM
  • I sometimes find it hard to drink my water plain because I am at college and I have a water filter, and the water filter doesn't take away the taste of the gross chlorine that upsets my stomach, and I don't want to buy water bottles because they are so expensive and bad for the environment. Whenever I eat at rapids I get a water bottle though, and try to stock up on those. I also have some drink mixes to add to my filter water but still that's not straight water. I didn't realize that tea could count towards our water count! You learn something new everyday I guess! - 10/31/2013 10:53:38 AM
  • I feel like I need to drink more water. I usually have atleast 2 small 8 ounce bottles a day, and at most I can get up to about 4 bottles. My only issue is, I PEE ALL THE TIME! I am left running to the bathroom....sorry if this is TMI. I think my bladder is the size of a pea seriously. And if I don't stop drinking liquids after 7pm...I am up all night running back and forth to the bathroom. I have been to the doctor about it and nothing is wrong. She said that some people have to go more than others. Well, I think I could drink more water if I didn't have this problem. I am just curious...does anyone else have this problem?? - 10/31/2013 9:22:56 AM