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5 Ways to Make Sure to Drink Enough Water

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Drinking enough water is an essential component of good health. However, an alarming number of Americans fail to drink enough water each day. First Lady Michelle Obama addressed this problem by encouraging everyone to drink one more glass. “That’s it,” she said, “it’s really that simple. Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel.” Are you among the scores of people who don’t drink enough water? If so, here are five tips to help you stay hydrated..

5. Start Early

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Make a habit of filling a glass or water bottle first thing every morning. It’s easy to forget about making an effort to drink water, but getting an early start can make drinking water more like brushing your teeth. If possible, invest in a glass or water bottle that you’d enjoy using. As strange as it sounds, you’ll drink more water if you like what you’re drinking from.

4. Set Deadlines

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You may set out with good intentions, planning to drink a full eight glasses for the day, and then suddenly it’s time for bed and you’re only halfway there. Make sure you drink enough water by setting deadlines throughout the day. Drink one glass of water on the hour or a certain number of ounces at each meal. Use meal times as checkpoints to stay on pace or set reminder alarms on your phone. Soon enough, reaching for a cup of water will become a habit.

3. Find a Drinking Buddy

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Since everyone on the planet needs to drink water to survive, it’s hard to imagine not finding someone who could stand to use the encouragement or motivation. Hold a contest at work. Challenge a family member. Find a group online. The best part is, if you convince someone else to start drinking more water with you, you’ll be doing twice as much good.

Steve is a fitness guru who is passionate about helping people lead healthier lives. Find Steve on LinkedIn!

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