Aerialist Self Care: Half a Gallon (hydration)

It’s not news to anybody that hydration is important. We’ve all been told more times than we can possibly remember that we should drink more water. 

As an athlete you’ll want to pay particular attention to hydration. We can’t get away with forgetting to drink water–that’s no small “oopsy.” There are consequences to our health, our training, and even our happiness.

After I got 3 migraines in 2 weeks, one of my mentors recommended that I drink 64oz per day for 10 days. I’m on day 4 and life is definitely different this way. I can feel myself functioning better, feeling better, and I’m literally feeling happier. 

So instead of just vaguely telling you to drink more water, would you like to join the same challenge? Half a gallon of water aka 64oz per day for 10 days. And here’s a tip: to make it easy for myself to keep track, I’m using a giant mason jar to drink out of. It has a measurement mark at 24oz so I drink about 2 and 2/3 of these per day. Turns out I really am this thirsty and it does not feel excessive at all. On some days I even drink more. 

​Some implications are:

  • Brain function
  • Hormone/neurotransmiter function
  • Energy levels
  • Mood
  • Physical performance
  • Digestive functioning
  • Join lubrication (heyyyy flexibility)
  • Oral health (heyyy not wanting to go to the dentist anytime soon)
  • Remove waste from the body
  • Airways — shrink when dehydrated

I recommend finding a friend to do the challenge with. My aerial partner Caitlin (@cait.wellwood) and I have both been doing the challenge together and it helps me stay accountable to know that she’s putting in the mindfulness too.