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Not Drinking Enough Water? There’s an App for That!

Who knew that your smartphone could play a role in how much water you drink every day?

Drinking an adequate amount of water every day is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Proper hydration is vital to almost every function of the body. If you are like me, drinking the recommended quantity of H20, for my body type, is tedious and it can be a hassle. I can never remember to drink water consistently. Even if I keep the water glass filled on my desk, I get lost in my work and before I know it I’m a glass or two behind schedule.

I have remedied this situation by utilizing a smartphone app specifically designed to remind me to hydrate and to help me keep track of my water intake.

The app that I use is called, “Drinking Water,” by Chickpin and can be found on the Android App Marketplace. This app is a free download (with ads, or $1 for the version without ads), and is very easy to use and simple in its design.

First, you enter the amount of glasses per day you need to drink to get in your required amount. (I have a 22oz tumbler at my desk, so I have entered 5 glasses per day.) The app shows empty glasses and each time you consume a glass of water, you click on a glass. The glass then shows it as filled and next to it, the remaining empty glasses.

The best feature of the app is that you can enter start and ending times (when you want to start in the morning and when your last glass should be in the evening) and then, based on what you are drinking, it will remind you that it is time for a glass of water with an alert that mimics the sound of water being poured into a glass. When you have achieved your goal for the day, the app gives you a round of applause. For me, using this app is an easy way to keep track of my water consumption along with a humorous and low-key reminder system.

If you have an iPhone, there is another app that is just as helpful. It’s called “Waterlogged,” by Shadel Software. I’ve used this app in the past. One neat function of this app — unlike the previous app — is that you can take a picture of the glasses/cups that you use and then just click on the picture to tell the app that you have consumed that amount of water in that container. The “Waterlogged” app also allows you to post, via Facebook, each time you drink a glass of water. (Personally, I don’t think my friends really care about how much water I drink.)

Here is an easy way to determine the appropriate amount of water to consume per day:

Your total weight (in lbs.) divided by 2
= your recommended daily water intake (in ounces)

For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, your daily water intake should be 90 ounces per day. Easy, right?

The only other issue I have with upping my water consumption is that I find that I have to go to the bathroom all the time (and I don’t think there is an app for that). From past experience, I realize that it will take a few weeks for my body to acclimate itself to the extra water intake and that eventually, the frequency of the trips to the bathroom will decrease. It seems like such a hassle, but in the end, I know that it is a good thing for me.

If you need to increase your daily intake of water, these smartphone apps can really help. I’m a smartphone geek. I always have my phone with me and the apps are fun to use. You can always go “old-school” by using a piece of paper to track your water intake and tie a piece of string around your finger to remind you. Whatever reminder system you choose; good luck…and know that you are doing a wonderful thing for your body.

Contributed by: Philip Niekro, GMM Customer Service Associate

Philip is one of the warm and friendly voices you hear when you call GMM Customer Service. His mission is to ensure that every GMM customer receives the highest quality customer service possible, assisting those who wish to place an order, updating customer accounts, and ensuring that customer feedback is a top priority. Philip is also a self-avowed gadget geek, an avid runner, and a very engaged member of the Open Hand Health & Wellness Committee.

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