Have you ever noticed that sometimes practicing the piano seems like a mundane task, while other times it’s exciting and fresh?
What’s the difference?
Some might tell you it’s your approach, or even what you’re practicing. And that can be part of it.
But something much easier might be influencing your performance. It might be your hunger and hydration levels.
Studies show that we have a more difficult time concentrating when we’re hungry or thirsty. Hydration itself plays a huge role in how productive we are throughout our days.
Rather than jumping into your practice routine, spend a few minutes preparing for practice instead.
Have a nutritious snack. Fruit, veggies, or a handful of nuts can do the trick.
Then drink a glass of water for full hydration before you sit down.
This isn’t something you should do once in a while. Top athletes know that hydration is everything. Those in the best physical condition will drink:
- Up to 16 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before a workout
- Up to 8 ounces 15 minutes before a workout
- Up to 4 ounces every 15 minutes throughout the workout
Though you might not think that playing the piano is the same as a strenuous workout, you’re still engaging the brain at high energy levels, so it’s important for it to have proper nutrients.
Having trouble practicing the piano? It might not be your practice. It might be your hydration levels. Drink water first, and see how well it improves your playing.