Sport or Not: Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day


Eighteen days ago, I challenged myself to complete 22 straight days of drinking a gallon of water every day. At the time, I knew this would be slightly difficult, since I typically drink a few sips of water a day. What I didn’t know was that drinking a gallon of water a day is a full on sport.

There are 128 ounces in a gallon, that’s eight standard water bottles a day. In order to accomplish this, you first have the pregame; the set up, if you will. You will need to make room in your fridge for those eight water bottles, and you better do it the night before, no matter how tired you are, or else you will be drinking warm water.

Then, you have to plan your day out strategically. Chugging a bottle before a car ride? Not a good choice. You’ll need to make sure that wherever you are, you’re in the vicinity of a few bathrooms. 

It’s so much water, readers. I basically drink water from the moment I wake up to the hour before I plan on going to bed. I used to drink a soda a day. Forget that, I have no room in my stomach for any other liquid.

It’s not just the water though. To circle back to the peeing, you have to try to hold it as much as possible, or else (for the ladies at least) you’re going through a copious amount of toilet paper.

And at the end of the week, you’ll want to figure out a way to refill your water bottles unless you wanna spend an insane amount of money on them, too. If you’re reading this and feel inspired and want to challenge yourself as well, the filtered water fountain on the fourth floor of the SUB is a good place to stock up.

As hard as this sport is, the fruits of the labor are worth it!

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Emily O’Neil is a third-year public relations major with a minor in creative writing, originating from Clifton Park, NY. This is her sixth semester on the Oracle and second as Sports Editor. Her favorite team is the New York Yankees even though they keep disappointing her. You can reach her by emailing