“Water sucks, it really, really sucks” is a classic line from The Waterboy Movie. Unbeknownst to the viewers, the waterboy is as important to the team as the quarterback. Think about it, if the quarterback does not stay hydrated he can start feeling fatigued, dehydrated or even have a heat stroke. If he experiences these symptoms, which many people encounter when not properly hydrated, he can not perform to his full potential. Who supplies the water? THE WATERBOY!!! Not only is hydration important for athletes, staying hydrated is important for everyone, including you. Staying hydrated can help maintain focus, keep joints healthy, and can prevent you from consuming excess calories that can contribute to undesired weight gain.

So what are the hacks to staying hydrated in 2017?

Reuse It!
Carrying a reusable water bottle can allow you to fill up with 28 ounces of water or more, depending on the bottle. Not only are you helping yourself stay hydrated but you are also helping out the world we live in. If available to you, we suggest carrying a “BPA-free” water bottle. You can refill the bottle at a water fountain at work, or while waiting for your flight at the airport.

Consume it!
Different foods contain different amounts of water. Fruits and vegetables contain a high percentage of water. Because of this, they are also great low-calorie options if you are trying to shed a couple of extra pounds. Foods such as watermelon, cucumber, and celery are delicious and can help you stay hydrated. Try and include these high water foods for snacks throughout your day. If you are drinking a bloody mary at brunch, be sure to eat the celery stalk. Your body will thank you.

Track It!
In our world of smartphones, it is easier than ever to track water intake. Yes, there’s an app for everything! Not only can you Instagram stalk your ex, but now you can track your water consumption. Here are three FREE apps that can help you track your fluid intake:
– Waterlogged
– iDrated
– Daily Water

Alert It!
Speaking of smartphones, don’t you love your morning alarm that you ignore ten times before actually waking up? Well, do not snooze on your hydration. Another tactic that can help remind you to hydrate is, setting alarms/reminders on your phone to drink water. This can be every thirty minutes or every hour. Be sure to divide the total amount of ounces you need by the frequency of alarms. This will give you a better idea of how much water you need to drink each time that alarm goes off. Some of the apps listed above can also send push notifications, reminding you to drink up.

Eat With It!
As we stated earlier, you can choose foods high in water content, but also do not forget to bring your bottle to your meals. Instead of having sweet tea, soda, or other sugary beverages at your lunch, try to replace them with a cup, or two, of high-quality H2O. This way you fight thirst without the added calories from sugary beverages.

If applied daily, these 5 easy hacks can help you stay hydrated for 2017! Download the hydration infographic to help remind you of these 5 tricks. Print and post on your fridge for a daily reminder.