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Allie Schmitt-Morris

Grace Yarrow ’19

Growing up, I was always told to drink eight glasses (two liters) of water a day, by worksheets from the USDA in science and health classes from elementary school. More recently, I’ve heard murmurs of people trying the “10,000 steps a day” recommendation by Fitbit. Of course, these supposed health “requirements” sparked my interest, which is what led Sadie and I to sacrifice our free time in order to fulfill the norm. What you are about to read are my journals from each of the five days of our experiment, using the app “My Water” to track my water intake, and the Apple Health app on my phone to track my steps.


Overall, I really did not enjoy walking so much. My feet were tired, and it took an upward of two to three hours a day just to get in 10,000 steps. Although it was rough, I really enjoyed meeting the water requirement. I could feel my skin improving, and within two days after the experiment was done, I lost three pounds of water weight, which just goes to show how much of an impact that amount of water can have on a normally dehydrated person like me. The 1.7 liters were easy to obtain, and I hope to continue meeting the requirement daily from here on out.


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