So, I performed last night for New Year's Eve, and once again...I got a "hooping hangover"!!!! It's weird, it feels just like I'm sick from drinking, but I'm completely sober! I drove home having to keep myself from puking and woke up today and my body ached. I know, I know...I overexerted myself. Does anyone else experience this? Oh, and I sprained my wrist on this night. Geesh, if there was ever a time I felt old. :oD Oh, I'm including the link to part of my performance. - Sara Psyche
It sounds like you didn't get enough to eat and/or enough water before and after your performance. I feel the same way after a show if I don't eat enough. You use up so much energy so fast when performing you need to keep giving your body fuel though out the night. If you don't you will start to feel sick from hunger during or after a show. I try to get a small meal of carbs and protein (avoid fried foods.) Also bring a small snack and bottle of water to have during a show to give you more energy. I like the nature valley bars, or you can do a protein bar, something you can carry around, quick and easy to eat. And no matter how you feel after a show always try to get something in your belly before you go to bed so your not feeling so sick from hunger when you wake up.
Stay healthy, Hoop strong :)
Thank you Martika! You're so right. I always get so nervous about having a lot in my belly to hoop and I eat very light. Great suggestion!
Martika has a point about diet here. When I was running cross-country and track in my high school years, our coach would have a really strict diet regimen for us within the two days of having a meet. We had spaghetti dinners every Friday and were only allowed to drink water or Gatorade. The pasta was great for carbs. Soda and sugary drinks will dehydrate you. On the day of the race, we would eat more carbs, like a bagel with peanut butter. Fruits and vegetables are great, too. Avoid cheese because it does not digest in your stomach well. I would say no to fast food and junk food, too. Keep it down to small, healthy meals the day of any performance. Also, you are supposed to drink as much water as was lost in sweat. Sometimes that can amount to half a gallon. Stretching, jogging, warming down will always help your muscles avoid injury. Food will definitely affect any athletic performance. Another coach told us to remember what we ate on the days where we ran the best times and continue to do it in the future. Hope this helped.
You're so right!!!! Thank you for the reminder!!!
Performing while getting an injury is not fun. I tried hooping in heals for a mardigra burlesque show and messed up my ankle pretty bad. Now i make sure I am in very comfy clothes and *shoes. When ever i get the slightest sick or weak or dizzy feeling, I politely stop as quickly as possible, smile, bow and run off to the nearest exit to get some air and water some stretching.I tend to hoop for hours at a time( my record is 12 hrs straight .Im pretty addicted.) sometimes its hard to want to stop right away but apart of hooping is to feel your body and its needs inside and out. our dance is our connection and strength:)
Sometimes when I do alot of sustained spinning, I'll get sick for a few hours afterwards. Sort of like vertigo, but it doesn't go away for awhile. So I can sympathize with you there. Also, I've never had a hooping injury but I did break my wrist before I started hooping and it's something that I will have problems with the rest of my life. With so many hooping movements being in the wrist, I have trouble sometimes and even find myself avoiding using my previously broken wrist. I don't know if the awkward movements of my wrist make it worse or if moving it like so helps to work the muscles so that one day I won't have phantom pains anymore. I realize this response might not help alot, but just wanted to let you know you're not alone!