Let’s do a simple nonscientific test to see if you are dehydrated right now. Pinch the skin on the back of your hand. Does your skin spring back into shape, like a gymnast sticking a landing? Or does it take its sweet time spreading out and settling?

If your answer is the second one, you’re in need of some H2O.

Drinking water, and enough water to boot, is something EVERYONE should be doing!!!  I can’t say that often enough or loud enough! If  you have plans to lose weight, you must drink water. If you exercise in any capacity, you must drink water. If you want healthy skin, healthy organs, or more focus and energy, you must drink water.

Your body is made up of 70% water, yes 70%!  And your brain is 90% water! Your blood and every cell in your body are made almost entirely from water. If you want to be alert, have organs that function properly, and get the most out of your workouts, you need to drink enough water.

We get it. Drinking enough water to stay hydrated every day can be a daunting task. Here are 20 tips that will help.

The Amount You Need Will Vary

Everyone has different hydration needs, based on weight, exercise intensity, kidney function, climate, and a bunch of other stuff. If you live in Death Valley, for example, you’ll want to add a few more glasses of water.

Pay attention to how your body feels when it is properly hydrated and use that as a cue.

We were always told we need to drink 64oz/day (8 glasses/day) but this isn’t necessarily true. You should actually be drinking a minimum of 1/2 your body weight in ounces every day.  So if you are 150lbs, then you need at least 75oz or 9+ glasses every day.  This formula is a best place to start and then go up from there based on how you feel.

20 Ways to Start Drinking More Water

Now that you know how much you need, it’s time to keep track of how much you are actually getting. Measure how many ounces your glass or bottle holds and figure out many times you’ll need to refill it during the day.

1. Set a Daily Goal

Knowing is half the battle, right? We recommend drinking half your body weight, in ounces of water, every day. So, if you weigh 180 pounds, divide that by 2. Your magic number would be 90. That’s 90 ounces of water every day, a little more than 2.5 liters

2. Wake Up and Drink

Drink a glass — or two! — as soon as you wake up. You haven’t had any fluids for eight hours, so this could be the most dehydrated you will be all day. Try leaving a tall glass of water on your nightstand and drink it before you get out of bed.

3. Flavor Your Water

Not thrilled with the tasteless taste of water? Think it tastes like licking windows? You can give your water zing by adding a wedge of lemon, crushed mint leaves, sliced cucumbers, or strawberries.

4. Set Reminders

Set an alarm to remind you to drink every hour during the workday. When it goes off, get up, shake a leg, and take a stroll to the water cooler for a refill. You’ll fulfill your water quota by quitting time.

5. Replace Your Water

Every time you go to the bathroom, replenish your body with a tall glass of water.

6. Pair It With Other Activities

Fill up your reusable water bottle before you walk your dog, check your email, or when you leave for work. Drink a glass of water before you brush your teeth or wash your face. Then, drink another glass when you’re done.

7. Drink a Glass Before Bed

If it doesn’t make you stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night, drink a glass before you catch some ZZZs to stay hydrated until morning. Or, try a soothing mug of hot water with lemon and a small drizzle of honey.

8. Drink When You Feel Hungry

If you feel a snack attack coming on, drink a glass of water, then wait 15 minutes. Dehydration pangs are often misread by the body as hunger.

A glass of water will replenish your body and help you feel satiated. If you are still hungry 15 minutes later, reach for a piece of fruit or a handful of raw nuts.

9. Drink Before You Eat

Drinking water before you eat will help you feel more satiated and you will eat less. A study from the Virginia Tech Department of Nutrition suggests that drinking two glasses of water before (not during) each meal can significantly increase weight loss. Not only that, but the water drinkers in the study continued to lose weight and keep it off.

10. Eat Your Water

What? Yes. You can add even more hydration by eating water-packed fruits like melons, cucumbers, grapefruit, and celery.

11. Turn It Into a Drinking Game

The next time you’re binging on The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, do a shot (or sip) of water every time a zombie gets dispatched or someone gets stuck with a sword.

12. Use an App to Track Your Progress

There’s an app for that: If you’re not a fan of setting alarm, then download an app that will track your progress, and help you see the big picture when it comes to your daily water consumption.

13. Switch It Up

Not all of your H2O has to be room temperature, or loaded with ice. Mix it up — serve warm water with lemon or brew a cup of herbal tea.

14. Invest in a Filter

If you’re not a fan of tap water, get a water pitcher with a filter for a clean, refreshing taste.

15. Create a “Water Savings Account”

Put a glass jar in the kitchen and add a quarter (or dollar) to the pot every time you drink a glass of water. Before you know it, you may have enough to take a vacation! Or, you know, dinner at your favorite restaurant.

16. Suck It Up

Some people find that they take bigger gulps or drink faster when drinking through a straw. Pop a paper straw or a reusable metal or glass straw in your next glass.

17. Swap In Water for Juice

If you’re trying to lose weight, this is an easy place to cut calories. Make the transition to drinking water by filling your glass halfway with juice, then filling the rest with flat or sparkling water. Once you get used to this, try using only 1/4 juice.

18. When In Doubt, Drink

Many common complaints, including headache and constipation, can be alleviated by downing a tall glass of water.

19. Invest in a Vessel

We think drinking out of a glass is more appealing than swilling from a paper or Styrofoam cup. And it’s gentler to the environment. At home, designate a beautiful glass or pitcher that you’ll want to use frequently.

Buy 1 or several reusable water bottles that you can stash in your car, at work, in your gym bag so you’re never far away from this precious liquid, no matter where you are. There are even water bottles that come with filters, so there’s no excuse!

20. Sip While You Exercise

Being dehydrated can slow you down and zap your energy, making your cardio or weight lifting workout feel brutal. Your muscles need fluids to function fluidly, so be sure to hydrate before, during, and after exercise.

Aside from quenching your thirst, water performs a lot of other important duties: It helps regulate our body temperature, flushes wastes out of the body, lubricates joints, helps digest our food, from the saliva in the mouth to the gastric juice in the stomach, and transports nutrients to cells throughout the body via the bloodstream.

So, get drinking ASAP!