Staying Healthy at a Music Festival

‘Tis the season!

Music festivals are upon us and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited! One of our favorite ways to blow through extra cash is by going to concerts, so you better believe we love the opportunity to binge on our joint adoration for killer tunes and nonstop dancing.

This past weekend was spent in Gulf Shores, AL as we attended one of the coolest festivals this side of the Mississippi: Hangout Music Fest. With an eclectic selection of music, concerts on the beach, scrumptious food offerings, and the ability to “glamp” in condos rather than camp in tents, this is by far our favorite of all the music festivals we’ve been to.

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Since this festival takes place at the beach, it’s only expected that the entire three-day weekend was spent in bikinis and swim trunks. And despite the countless hours we danced and walked (and then danced more and walked further), we still wanted to make the best choices we could in order to keep on track with our goals. Here are some of the choices we made to make our weekend slightly healthier than your average festival experience:

1. Pack Your Own Snacks

Stop by the closest grocery store to stock up on some healthy snacks for the festival. Our favorites include apples, pears, granola bars, peanut butter sandwiches, mixed nuts and protein bars. If the festival allows you to bring food in, pack a cooler with some sandwiches, fruit, veggie sticks, and hummus and call it a day!  If equipment is limited where you are staying, stock up on homemade protein bars as a quick and filling snack.

2. Dance Your Butt Off

Dancing is my favorite form of cardio! Stand up, sing along, and boogie the day away!

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3. Fuel for the Festivities

I know I just spoke recently about intermittent fasting, but I would suggest fueling up before you head to the festival. The summer heat paired with endless activity can really take a toll on you, and you’re better off having some food in your system from the start. If you’re camping, overnight oats, granola or trail mix are all awesome choices. If you have the luxury of staying in a condo like we did, simple choices like smoothies or omelets are easy to make in the morning and require minimal ingredients.

4. DRINK HARDER

Water, that is. I always try to drink more water than I think I need during a festival.  Bring a Camelbak and fill that sucker up often! Don’t have one? Most festivals will allow you to bring empty drink bottles for you to fill with water once you’re inside the gates.

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5. DRINK SMARTER

Ok, ok – I know. You want to rally! I totally get it. Just make a few simple swaps to save yourself a ton of calories over the course of the weekend. Choose light beer over regular and opt for sugar-free mixers with your liquor. Vodka with water and extra lime is a refreshing choice that is very low in calories compared to some other cocktails. Remember to pair your drink with water and stay hydrated along the way!

6. Dine wisely

If the festival doesn’t allow outside food, take a quick tour of the concession offerings before making a grub decision. Most festivals now offer a few healthier options that include salads, smoothies, fruit or light sandwiches for concert-goers. Avoid the greasy, heavy food which will weigh you down and ruin all that hard work you put in at the gym to get that bikini bod.

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7. Take your vitamins

I mean, seriously. It’s the least you can do. I wouldn’t recommend packing them and bringing them into the festival, though. I doubt you will make it through security.

8. Take care of your skin

I know it’s tempting to get soak up the rays but a bronze glow can quickly turn into a sunburn nightmare if you aren’t careful. I recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your delicate skin from the harmful sun.

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9. Relax and Rock On!

Have fun during your weekend and focus your attention on the music and the people around you! Remember – you are in control of your decisions and can make the weekend as healthy or unhealthy as you choose. But don’t stress about calories and missed workouts. Just relax and rock on!

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