Do you drink enough water?
Your day is busy, you may have a lot on your mind and drinking enough water can be one of the first things to slip your mind. I know that is what happens to me.
However, drinking enough water is one of the most important things you can do for your body and mind.
According to Healthine.com, we are more made up of approximately 60% water so staying hydrated throughout the day is vital to our well being.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
Do I drink enough water throughout the day?
I wasn’t sure, so I did some research and found this article. “Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.” writes Kris Gunnars at Healthline.
Gunnars also goes on to note there are many variable to how much water we actually need based on internal and external factors.
Some of those factors that vary your intake can be weight, age, exercise, weather, and diet just to name a few.
Now, I’m not a medical professional, nor do I claim to be one. These are just tools and references I found online for myself that I thought might be helpful to others. Always consult your doctor for medical advice.
Good Housekeeping shows you how to figure out your water intake based on your weight and age, but you’ll need a calculator for this one.
If you don’t feel like multiplying and dividing, I also found some handy water intake calculators. This one figures out how much water you need based on your weight and amount of exercise.
Another one from Camelbak calculates how much you need if you are planning an exercise outing such as hiking or biking.
My favorite daily water intake calculator is from Hydrologue.com. It asks for the most information including how much water you currently drink. Then the results show you your water intake compared to your goal intake.
Now that I know how much water I need, how do I remember to drink that much every day?
How to Drink More Water
Here are some ways drink more water .
Add fresh fruit such as lemons, limes, or oranges to your water. They now make water bottles with infusers built in like this one.
Always keep a water bottle with you. I use this one from S’well.
Use a water filter jug to keep cold filtered water always on hand. I’ve been using this one from Brita for years and my family loves it.
Drink a full glass of water before and/or after a meal.
Buy a refillable water bottle. Keep it full and carry it with you wherever you go. I have this self-filtering one from Brita.
If you don’t like drinking plain water, try flavored or sparkling water.
Use a water tracker. See all of the ideas below!
Create a Water Tracker to Stay Hydrated
Remembering to drink water throughout the day is something I tend to forget. So, I decided to keep a water tracker in my bullet journal. If you are new to bullet journaling start here.
When I’m sitting at my desk, my bujo is out in front of me with those little uncolored water droplets just waiting to be filled in. It’s good push to remember to drink more.
Plus, I get the satisfaction of coloring them in throughout the day every time I finish a glass. It might sounds silly, but I really enjoy the task of filling in the water goals for each day.
I rounded up some of my favorite bullet journal water trackers below. Hopefully, they will inspire you to up your water intake and be more aware of how much water you need each day.
It’s a tool that has been working for me, I’m happy to pass it along to you.
Image by @alexanndoodles
This is a monthly water tracker. Cups are recorded in boxes on the left for each day of the month. I rainy day drawing sets the tone for the page.
Image by @otrio.stationery
Here’s a weekly water intake pop-in. Each day of the week has 8 water glasses that get filled in. Since it’s laminated, most likely it can be wiped off and used again and again.
Image by @sharonajournals
This bujo monthly spread combines two health-focused trackers on one page. On the left is the water tracker and on the right is a steps tracker.
Image by @kamipi.shop
For those of you who like to use a digital bullet journal, this water tracker has a very clean and satisfying layout.
Image by @teetassen.poesie
Here’s a monthly water tracker made up of 31 adorable water bottles. Fill in one for each day of water intake.
Image by @sweet_bulletjournal
A beautiful mandala in shades of blue creates a backdrop for this water intake tracker. It’s a monthly tracker with a bar for each day of the month. As you drink water, draw and then fill in a glass for each glass you drink that day.
Image by @ideas_by_Id
This motivational water page not only tracker your water intake, it also reminds you why you want to drink water every day. It has a 2 liters per day minimum goal and then lists out the benefits.
I have added them below in case you want to put them in your bullet journal.
Promotes weight loss
Boosts immune system
Helps maintain colon health
Image by @customizednotebooks
Instead of bottles or glasses to fill in, this bullet journal water tracker is a chart with water intake carefully plotted each day.
Image by @ainobujos
Raindrops from a cloud serve as water trackers in this bullet journal. It’s a weekly tracker with four drops for each day.
Image by @bujo.forlaura
Create a waterfall water tracker! This mountain scape has a waterfall broken out into sections and numbered for each day of the month. Then the waterfall pieces are filled in as the month progresses.
I love trackers! Check out more bullet journal trackers for all kinds of things!
I hope you found some inspiration from these water tracker ideas. Do you have an idea I didn’t list here? Let me know in the comments below.