It’s a new year and we’re all resolving to do something better. This year, why not start with improving your daily hydration? Here are some clever tips from blogger Jess Walter on hydration apps and other tools to keep you sipping your water bottle all day long.

3 Strategies to Automate Your Hydration

The importance of staying hydrated cannot be emphasized enough. Without regular water consumption, your body begins to suffer quickly. Water regulates body temperature, helps detoxify the body, and helps achieve a healthy body weight. While you may know how crucial it is to hydrate throughout the day, the chaotic pace of daily life can distract you from reaching your water consumption goals. If you find it challenging to get enough water every day, use these three strategies to automate your hydration.

Use an app that reminds you to hydrate

Because staying hydrated helps maintain overall health, many fitness and wellness apps have incorporated hydration reminders into their programs. Since there are many paid and unpaid fitness apps across platforms, start by finding one that works best for you. After you have installed the app, be sure to turn on notifications. While the method and timing of the notifications will vary depending on the app you’ve selected, you will receive regular reminders to get up and hydrate.

Set daily reminders on your phone

If using a fitness app isn’t your style, not to worry! Another way to automate your hydration using your phone is by setting daily reminders. Whether you need to set up phone or email reminders, do what will be most effective for you. Also, rather than just setting one daily reminder, schedule between 5-8 reminders every day to ensure that you won’t forget to drink water throughout the day. Although the exact number can vary depending on individual factors, it is still recommended that adults should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.

Keep a water bottle with you at all times

One of the most simple ways to remind yourself to drink water is by keeping a water bottle near you at all times. Not only does the constant visual of a water bottle help keep hydration top of mind, but it also makes proper hydration easier to achieve. When you have an accessible way to keep water at your side, you are more likely to stay hydrated through even the busiest times of the day.

Remembering to stay hydrated isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Thankfully, the above recommendations can take the effort out of remembering to drink water throughout the day. Whether you choose fitness app reminders, phone or email reminders, or just the simple act of having a water bottle by your side, achieving proper hydration is possible.