We're in Day 3 of our 7 Day Water Challenge. Everyone's been doing an amazing job!
I've had a few people ask me how I track or if there are any reminder apps I use to help me meet my goal. I know I need reminders to get to the finish line every day!
Here's a few ideas I wanted to share with you. NOTE: I have not used all of these methods, nor do receive any endorsements from any company. My job is to research and report to you all :)
1. Your smartphone's reminder and/or timer feature: All smartphones (Android and Apple) have these features. You can either enter a reminder in your phone or set a timer to go off at whatever interval you want (hourly, every 90 minutes, etc.) Easy peasy!
2. If you use a FitBit, SparkPeople or MyFitnessPal already, then you're in luck! All of these apps have a built in water tracking feature. Just go into any of these apps and enter how much water you've finished in a sitting. None of these have a built-in reminder feature, BUT the people at MyFitnessPal came up with a genius hack to create a water reminder in their system. Brilliant!
3. My Water app by Victor Sharov. This is the app I've been using for quite some time. It's free (my favorite!) and easy to use. You set up a profile that includes your weight and activity level. Then, the app gives you a recommended total daily intake (in ounces). You can adjust it, though, so no worries there! Then, as you drink, you can enter your totals and see your progress.
Another cool feature? It tracks all liquids. There's buttons for coffee, juice, protein shakes, tea and more. The catch? Unless it's water, you won't get full credit. For example, if you drink 8 ounces of juice, you'll only get 5-6 ounces credit. Yeah, not exactly fair. But they are trying to encourage us to drink more water, right?
FULL DISCLOSURE: Unless the drink has calories, I enter it as water. SHOCK, HORROR! Yes, I'm a cheater. But, it's my journey and I do my best to make sure the majority of my fluids are water. So, my flavored water (Crystal light or pre-packaged) and Coke Zero go in for full credit. If it has calories (protein shake, juice, milk) then I take the hit.
If you Google Water Tracking Apps, you'll can find a lot more choices. Let me know what you decide and let's keep drinking! :)