I have done a lot of research on the subject of water drinking. I even did a presentation on it in my Dance Conditioning and Injury Prevention class I took at the Y.
Lots of people say different things - one of the most common is the 8 glasses of 8 oz of water a day. this is a good general rule of thumb for those not wanting to do lots of math. I hate math, so this is the "formula" that I use to get enough water. I obviously drink more when I'm working out and what not.
Sometimes it is VERY hard to get 64-oz of water into your body. It can be boring to drink that much water, you finish your water bottle and you forget to fill it up so you fail...etc. Well, I am here to share with you the trick that I have found for getting the most water into my body as easily as possible.
First - I have three water bottles. One 20-oz metal water bottle (bright pink! I LOVE it!) and then two-smart water water bottles. (approx 23-oz each) Each morning I fill up each water bottle with water. In one smart water I add fresh lemons every few days (I LOVE lemon water. It is my favorite thing ever). In the other smart water I add a crystal light on the go pack (my favorite flavors are the Energy wild strawberry and antioxidant natural pomegranate cherry). Finally, the third water bottle - the bright pink one stays just plain ice water.
By doing this, I have variety in my water drinking all day long. All three water bottle sit on my desk at work and when I want to drink something I just grab the closest one to me. This has been a fabulous thing and I've been doing it for almost two weeks now! :o) I always go home having drank all three water bottles fully and sometimes started on a fourth one. My body definitely is enjoying the extra water benefits, including many from this article. The one downside: always having to go to the bathroom. :( that stinks. But, I know it's healthy and so I'm happy.