12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day

Eight glasses of water every day? No matter how you pour them, that’s a lot of liquid. We're talking cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily quota—increased fat burning, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion, fewer cravings—doesn't make drinking it (or dealing with increased bathroom visits) any less of a struggle for many of us.

If you feel like you're barely treading water when it comes to drinking your water, don’t despair. There are lots of little secrets—time-honored tricks that those elusive "water drinkers" use—that even you can try to transform yourself into an H2O-guzzling machine.

For best results, try the two that spark your interest immediately, then add one each week until you’re getting all the water you need. And remember, there is no magic number. The recommended eight cups a day is not a one-size-fits-all. You’ll need more if you’re sweating through workouts, and less if you eat a lot of water-rich fruits and vegetables.

1. Try comfort water

This is a great tactic for coffee and tea drinkers. While you’re waiting for the coffee to brew, nuke a glass of water (or herbal tea), squeeze in a bit of lemon and sip while you wait. Try another cup of warm water after you’ve had a mug or two of coffee. Hot water is also a great treat on a cold afternoon or evening. Invest in a new kind of herbal tea every time you grocery shop until you’ve found a couple that are just right.

2. Tag your water bottle

Splurge on the perfect reusable water bottle. Whether it's your favorite color or a unique design, the more you bond with your bottle, the less likely you'll be to lose it. Slap an inspirational sticker or image onto it, or even write on it with a permanent marker. Now you're ready to drink from it throughout the day—don't forget to refill it as soon as it's empty.

3. Sip up

Gulping all that water can seem daunting. So get a package of straws to slowly sip it instead. You can even pick up a water bottle with a built-in straw.

4. Become a connoisseur

Think of water drinking like wine tasting. Taste the various brands and types of bottled waters available (sparkling, spring, mineral, vitamin-enhanced, reverse osmosis, filtered, fruit-flavored, etc.). Be sure to read the labels as some "waters" have significantly added calories. Many bottles of water contain two to three cups of water.

5. Drink water and drive

Keep your water bottle next to you every time you hop into the car. Whenever you're driving about, your water will be within easy reach from your car's cup holder. Think about other places you can stash water bottles (under your desk, next to the couch, in your purse and more).

6. Drink your vitamins

Create your own vitamin drink. Consider combining your water with your vitamin supplements, if you take any. There are several powdered vitamin supplements that are designed to be mixed with water. Some contain little to no calories too. If you prefer to take vitamins in tablet form, then promise yourself to drink at least one whole cup of water every time you take them.

7. Fill your dinner glass

Set a glass of water at each place setting at the dinner table just like restaurants do. Don't fret about drinking it all—just place it there. By sipping water between every few bites, you'll slow you down and enjoy your meal more, while also meeting your water needs.

8. Filter out

Sometimes tap water just isn't very good. If your well or city water leaves a bad taste in your mouth, change it. Get a faucet or pitcher filter to keep out the bad and leave in the good.

9. Pace yourself

Holding (and drinking from) a cup of water will help you pace yourself at social events, parties and dinners that offer tempting food and drink. Try drinking a cup of water between bites of the calorie abomination you're faced with. It is hard to eat an entire piece of cake if you have to drink a glass of water between every single bite! To keep the wine, beer or liquor from ruining your calorie count, drink a cup of water for every glass of alcohol you consume. Not only does this help to limit your consumption, but it helps counteract alcohol’s dehydrating effects. And when you have a glass in hand—no matter what's in it—you won't be bombarded with more drink offers in the meantime.

10. Find watering holes

When out and about, make it a point to stop by drinking fountains, drink your water when out to lunch while reading the menu, and by all means if someone offers you a cup of herbal tea, say yes.

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 work

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 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.
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Thanks. It helps me to keep a water bottle with me at all times. Report
Hi, I am brand new here, and used to drink water all the time years ago. I instantly felt better all over. I slept better, less headaches, clearer skin, more energy, and lost a lot of weight, while maintaining a healthy diet and physical activity. My question here is, now....it's much harder to drink plain water all day. I have no problem cutting out soda, but I love my 100% juice and flavored water. I know that it's not good to drink flavored water all the time, because of all the other additives and calories. I've been drinking Vitamin Water Zero, which uses Stevia Leaf Extract. Is that okay as far as a flavored water goes? I'm really picky with all types of different waters. Thank you so much! Report
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This is a great article and I will be trying the tips. Report
The idea of carrying water around during a party/gathering is a unique one and I like it!! I always take in a 3 cup container of water into a hot bath. REFRESHING! Report
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Totally no problem for me to drink at least 8 cups of water... easy peasy. Tap water that is. Report
Ok, THIS is an excellent article. And I’m not just saying so to get the Sparkpoints. I need more ideas on fitting in those glasses of water! I think imma get me a cuppa tea... Report
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