10 genius ways to trick yourself into drinking more water

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Today may be National Hydration Day, but we're seriously considering changing the holiday to a summer-long event called National Hydration Month. Scorching temperatures, beach days and (too many) happy hours are upon us, and one of the only things that can save us from the hot summer that it's going to be is water. Keeping us healthy, hydrated and moving, water is definitely something we all need to prioritize this season.

But it's not that simple -- not many people can sit down and force a chug.

And we get it, not everyone is the ultimate H2O drinker. For those who are just not that into water, the eight-glasses-a-day rule is strenuous, annoying and almost impossible. We know exactly how you feel, but we've worked our way around our now small distaste (see slide 3).

Whether you're a soda addict or are just looking to up your hydration game, we've rounded up the most ingenious ways to trick yourselves into drinking more water. Scroll through below to see how we're doing it:

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1. Add flavor

Spa water, anyone? 

If you're not about that plain water life, simply cut up some fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs and add it to a jug of ice water. Some of our favorite additions include lemon, cucumber, strawberries and basil. 

2. Keep a bottle of water near you at all times

Sometimes, you just forget! But if you keep a glass or bottle of water in many places, it'll be a constant reminder to hydrate. We like to keep one in the car, at our desks, on our nightstands and so on. 

3. Try SodaStream

According to a recent survey, SodaStream drinkers drink 43% more water than consumers who don't own a machine. Forget store-bought bottles and opt for this convenient, eco-friendly and affordable magical machine. We're a big fan. 

SodaStream Power Metal Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, White, $133.99

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4. Opt for the one-to-one rule.

Drinking? No problem. We're big enthusiasts of this rule. For every drink you have, supplement it with one glass of water. Shots included!  

5. Download a water tracking app.

Track your water consumption with your phone. Apps like Hydro Coach and Water Time Pro can offer in-depth statistics on your water drinking habits. Whether you're drinking teas or eating a lot of healthy fruits, these apps take your diet and exercise into account. 

6. And with that said, eat your water! 

Fruits and vegetables are not only packed with great nutrients, but more water than you probably realize. Here's a breakdown of some of our favorites. 

  • Watermelon: 92% water
  • Tomatoes: 94% water
  • Peppers: 94% water
  • Celery: 96% water
  • Cucumber: 96% water

7. Invest in a water filter

You might be more inclined to drink water if it's from a crisp, cold pitcher. Especially if you're not a fan of tap water, the Brita helps clean out murky different tastes coming from the faucet! 

Brita 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, BPA Free, White, $36.30

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8. Drink a glass before every meal

Get yourself into a routine to drink a glass of water before every meal. And then continue drinking! It'll also fill you up. 

9. Invest in a nice water bottle

If you spend a little cash on it, hopefully you're more inclined to use it, right? And you'll want to show it off! We're loving these adorable bottles from Swell, like this one that's also insulated.

It's worth every penny.  

S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Double Wall, 17 oz, Turquoise Blue, $35.00

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10. Set goals for yourself

Now, with that snazzy new water bottle, grab a role of tape and measure out how much water you'll want to have had before a set time! And stick to it. 

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Happy hydrating!

Related: Add these water parks to your travel bucket list

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Top 25 Water Parks — United States

#10. Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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#9. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

Erie, Pennsylvania

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#8. Kahuna Laguna

North Conway, New Hampshire

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#7. Water Country USA

Williamsburg, Virginia

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#6. Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks

Wildwood, New Jersey

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#5. Noah's Ark Water Park

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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#4. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Santa Claus, Indiana

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#3. Aquatica Orlando

Orlando, Florida

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#2. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Orlando, Florida

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#1. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Orlando, Florida

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