Summer Music Festivals are here, and we all want that hot summer and festi bod! Are you ready to rough it out for a few days while feeling and looking great? It’s not an easy task. Festivals (especially in the summertime) require a lot from our bodies and most of us feel totally drained when they are over. Get ready physically and mentally with these tips for the bod you want and the stamina you need!
You probably won’t be doing a whole lot of sleeping at a music festival. After all, you are having the time of your life why waste these precious moments asleep? Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night prior to leaving. If you can, try to get even more than that the night before the activities begin. You will be rested and ready to take on the next few days.
-Bring some ear plugs to wear at night when your trying to catch some zzz’s!
-A battery powered fan will keep you cool and may help you sleep better.
Drink up! Staying hydrated is important for every day life and especially when you will be spending a lot of time in the heat. Last thing you want to do is be dehydrated. Get your body ready to take on the heat and hangovers. According to the Mayo Clinic, even mild hydration can make you tired and drain your energy. They suggest men drink 13 cups of water a day, and women drink 9 cups.
Coconut water is a great way to stay hydrated as well, not to mention it contains more potassium than 4 bananas, has less sugar than the majority of sport drinks and is known to cure hangovers and even kidney stones. Those are just to name a few, basically you would be doing your body an amazing good to incorporate coconut water into your everyday diet (especially before, during and after a festival).
If you don’t care for the taste of coconut water (I don’t) just add some of it to your regular water throughout the day. This will dilute the taste some but you will still get the benefits. 🙂
3. Hot Yoga
There is no better way to prepare your body for harsh conditions than flowing from one yoga pose to the next in a room that ranges from 90 to 105º F with a humidity of about 40%. I know, your thinking why would I do that to myself? The first few classes are brutal, you may not be able to keep up and you will probably want to walk out or throw up. Don’t give up, because once you break the mental barrier, the benefits are there for you to savor mentally, physically and emotionally. Check out the 8 Benefits of Hot Yoga, and thoughts during a hot yoga class here.<— SO true.
Check out these 20 tips for preparation, during and after the class, click here.
4. Brain Food
These are great foods to incorporate into your daily diet, and even better for pre festival health. By adding these foods into your diet, you increase your odds of have a healthy brain for life according to WebMD. Consuming these before and during festivals will give you higher energy and a clear mind.
These yummy berries aid in stress reduction, improves your learning capacity and are great for your skin.
The recommended intake is 1 cup a day of fresh, frozen or freeze dried blueberries.
Strawberries and raspberries are great too 🙂
Deep-water fish are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for brain function. Sardines and herring are also rich in omega-3. If you aren’t fond of the taste of fish, try an omega-3 supplement.
A 4 ounce serving is recommended two to three times a week.
Nuts and seeds are a great source of Vitamin E, which is important for the proper function of many organs in our bodies. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, which means it helps slow down the processes that damage cells. Leafy green vegetables and asparagus are also really great sources.
Add an ounce to your daily diet of walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, cashews and peanuts. You can get a container or ziploc bag and bring these to festivals as well for a brain boosting snack.
Don’t forget Chocolate
Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which is a class of antioxidant that improves blood flow and thus brain function. Don’t go too crazy though! Enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate every day, you don’t need the whole bar to get a healthy dose of antioxidants. 🙂
A great way to get a good amount of super foods all in the same serving is smoothies! There are lots of green smoothie recipes out there for you to try. Not only do these smoothies provide us with super foods, they aid in digestion as well! Here are 3 yummy recipes to try from renewed living, click here.
They don’t call them sweet for nothing! These potatoes will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing a high amount of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, antioxidants and Vitamin C! Vitamin C is especially beneficial when it comes to the common cold and is great for your skin. These potatoes provide many vitamins we need for overall health and are the perfect pre-festival food. They are so good for you, that you can eat however many you like and even live off of them! Not sure if you want to take it to that level… lol 🙂
I hope you found this helpful! Please feel free to share your tips and tricks to stay healthy 🙂