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How to stay motivated to hydrate as the weather heats up

It’s important to keep your body hydrated no matter what the weather looks like, but as it gets warmer outside (and here in AZ it gets HOT) it’s vital to stay on top of hydration because your body is going to use that water even faster than normal as you sweat it out. One of the easiest ways to gauge your hydration level is the color of your urine. Before you flush, you should see clear to pale yellow. Anything darker than cheap lemonade is a sign you need to grab a bottle (of water!) and drink up.

It’s a widely accepted recommendation that you should drink half your body weight, in ounces, in water every day. This doesn’t mean you have to reach back into your brain to do some 5th grade math to find the right conversion table. All it means is that you take your body weight, divide by 2, and instead of pounds, swap it for ounces of water. For example, someone who weighs 120 pounds would need to drink 60 ounces of water every day (120/2 = 60. BOOM.)

So how can you make it easier on yourself to get your H2O in and not turn it into drudgery? Here are a few pretty simple ideas:

1. Figure out if you’re a guzzler or a sipper.

There are some people that genuinely dislike drinking water, so the idea of drinking it throughout the day really seems like a terrible idea. To these people, I say, “CHUG CHUG CHUG!” When your reminder hits (more on that in a minute) don’t be dainty. Drink that water like a college frat boy and get’r’done. There’s not a huge difference in benefits to drinking your ounces of water slowly throughout the day or bigger amounts at a few different times. So if you’d rather get it done and over with, go for it.

2. Make it hard to forget.