Tips and Tricks for Staying Hydrated — and Reaching Your Water Goal Each Day
Advice from experts, nutritionists, and water aficionados on the best ways to keep your body good and juicy
We at Hint consider the best advice we’ve seen over the years about hydration is 1) to start drinking water early in the day, 2) always have a glass or bottle close at hand so you can spread out your intake — even at night in case you wake up thirsty, and 3) measure how much your drinking over the course of 24 hours.. Oh – and one more thing – it never hurts to make your water taste great with a bit of fruit flavoring so that your water habit is delicious and achievable.
Nutritionists, celebrities, and health advocates have all jumped on the water bandwagon lately. The Cut assembled quotes from 33 bold-faced names extolling the virtues of drinking water. But pretty much everyone admits that getting to that ideal 2-3 liters per day (depending on your own individual factors) is no small task. So, in addition to the tips that we listed above, what are other folks’ pearls of wisdom when it comes to hitting your hydration goal each day?
- Challenge a friend — The Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic offers a number of tips in this article, but accountability is key. They recommend that you, “kick off a healthy competition with a friend or your kids to see who can meet their guzzling goal most often.”
- Fill up your favorite water bottle — pretty much every celebrity
The “it” accessory these days that you’ll spot in every paparazzi shot is a reusable water bottle. Some of them even have cute motivational sayings on the side to help you get to your goal each day. Keep in mind that you can fit 2 regular-sized Hints in a 32-ounce water bottle, which will get you well on your way to your ideal hydration level.
- 40 sips, first thing in the morning — John Foley (Peloton co-founder)
“Twenty years ago a colleague told me the key to your day is to hydrate as much as you can, so the first thing I do is drink 40 sips of water from my hand at the upstairs bathroom sink,” Foley said.
- Make it room temp – Kimberly Snyder (Los Angeles-based nutritionist)
“I always tell my clients how important it is to drink room-temperature water,” says Snyder, who emphasizes that it’s more hydrating than cold water, as your body has to spend more energy to bring cold water to a temperature it can absorb, which results in water loss. Furthermore, icy water can cause the blood vessels in your stomach to shrink slightly, hindering the digestion process and thus slowing hydration.”
- Getting to 300 ounces when you exercise hard – Tom Brady (Football legend and an ageless wonder)
In a book in 2017, the six-time Superbowl champion stated that he drank half his body weight in ounces [of water] each day, and double that amount when exercising. Brady states that he drinks up to 300 ounces of water each day when he exercises. That’s about 2.3 gallons.
The other tip you’ll see in almost every article advising on how to drink more water is to flavor it. Whether that’s dropping some slices of fruit into your water pitchers or grabbing a bottle of Hint, variety is key. If you’re going to maintain a habit of properly hydrating your body, you have to make sure that it doesn’t feel like a chore. So if upgrading your water with a little fruit flavor does the trick for you, then go for it!