If you’re feeling rundown and sluggish or have a headache there’s a good chance it’s because you’re dehydrated. An adult of normal weight needs about 8 – 8oz cups of water everyday. If you’re overweight, exercise or live in a hot, dry climate you need more. I struggle to remember to drink enough and wanted to share some great tips I’ve come across to help get it all in. These came from a recent FlyLady newsletter.

1.  Put up post-it notes to remind you: Bright red or neon. Any color to get your attention. Set up a reminder on your phone.

2. Get 4-16 oz bottles of water and set them out each morning. Refill each night.

3. If you have a hard time drinking water, use a pretty glass or favorite cup. You can also drink out of a straw. Try it. Water goes down much faster when you suck it up.

4. Keep a bottle of water in your car, by your chair, and by your bed. When you think you are hungry, drink a glass of water first.

5. If you can’t keep up with the number of bottles you are drinking then use rubber bands on your water bottle. Each time you refill your water bottle roll one up the bottle.

6. Drink water at the top of every hour and at the bottom of the hour. Set your timer to remind you to drink up!

I like to use a refillable bottle. No reason to create more waste. Find one that makes you smile. One of my favorites is from Old Navy and says “Caution Extreme Awesomeness” on yellow police tape all over a black background. I’ve also got the TurboFire one that they use on the workout DVDs.

Try and avoid drinking coffee, soda, energy drinks, alcohol, etc. as they can dehydrate you and give you a bunch of unneccesary extra calories. If you want some flavor in your water try adding a little lemon or lime juice. Figure out what works best for you and drink up! Have more ideas? Leave a comment!

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