Forming a new habit to drink more water

cucumber lime and mint infused water

I was recently told by a medical professional that I should try to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. My first thought was,”That seems like a lot of water.” And, you know what? It is a lot of water. It’s a half a gallon, in fact. Logically, I know that water is one of the keys to a healthy life. (My co-blogger, Kelly, even posted about this very issue.) And I know that I don’t drink enough of it. I’ll go an entire day without drinking anything, then wonder why I’m sluggish and have a headache by the evening. I don’t to this on purpose. I just haven’t formed good water drinking habits.

So, beginning now, I’m resolving to not just drink more water but to get the full 64 ounces down the hatch every single day. To do that, I need to make some changes to my daily routine. I thought I’d share the three things I’m going to try.

  • Form a daily habit: As soon as I wake up in the morning and right before I go to bed, I’m going to chug 8 ounces of water. That immediately takes care of 16 ounces!
  • Make it fun: Since water itself is pretty boring, I bought a fruit infusing water bottle to help jazz it up. The bottle holds around 20 ounces of water so I only need to fill it twice to get 40 more ounces! It’s perfect for making cucumber water infused with lime and mintSince I tend to hoard bags of frozen fruit, I’ve got a lot of other combinations I can try as well, like strawberry lemon, blueberry lime or watermelon mint. The possibilities are limited only by my imagination.
  • Branch out: Tap water isn’t the only liquid on the planet. But most other beverages come with extra calories that I don’t want to add to my diet. Club soda and sparkling water are fizzy and have a little more zing than plain water. And they can also be flavored with fruit infusions! In the evening, when I would normally have a glass of wine or another adult beverage, I’ll have a glass of sparkling water instead. 

How do you get more water into your day? Do you have a favorite infused water recipe? Help me reach my goal by sharing your ideas in the comments or on Facebook.