How to Prepare Your Body for a Music Festival
How to Prepare Your Body for a Music Festival
Knowing how to prepare your body for a music festival is truly something that comes with experience. I’ve been through a lot and suffered several times over the years due to being unprepared. This article was created so that you can avoid the mistakes that me and many other festival goers have made in the past.
Whether you’re an experienced veteran or a first-timer, you MUST be prepared. All too often, people show up to the festival thinking that they are ready to take the weekend head on; only to miss their most anticipated shows due to something avoidable such as exhaustion, dehydration, or a combination of both.
In the days and weeks leading up to the festival, you must train your body just like Rocky Balboa did in the movies… Okay, maybe not as intense but you get the point nonetheless. Follow the tips below to make sure that you can make the most out of your festival weekend.
As previously stated in the FestPrep Music Festival Preparation Guide, dehydration is something that you want to avoid at all costs. This rule is vitally important because dehydration is one of the biggest issues that festival patrons encounter. It is also one of the top conditions seen at medical tents at music festivals worldwide. Thankfully for all of us this is very easy to avoid.
In the days leading up to the festival, drink water constantly. Stay away from sugary drinks and sodas and stick to the clear stuff. A good rule of thumb is to drink about two times the normal amount of water that you’d usually drink on a given day. If you’re doing this right, you should be going to the bathroom every two hours or so.
Check your urine: if it’s clear or light yellow-ish, you’re drinking enough water. If it’s a darker yellow that means you need to be drinking more!
Safe hydration needs to be practiced through out the entire Festival weekend as well. You will be doing a lot of dancing, exercising, and sweating which means your body needs to be replenished with all that lost H2O. Bring a hydration bag or sealable water bottle and keep it filled at all times WITH WATER. If you’re consuming alcohol, be smart about it and drink water after each adult beverage that you consume.
Light to Moderate Exercise
Depending on the music festival, you can be doing A TON of walking/exercising through out the weekend. For instance, I walked nearly TEN MILES total over the span of three days at my last Bonnaroo. And that’s on the lower end of the spectrum, some people end up walking way more than that.
Needless to say, you want to make sure that your body is accustomed to doing that amount of exercise. You might be thinking “well, walking is easy it won’t wear me out!”… well, you’d be surprised because it definitely adds up and after a day or two of partying under the elements. Even the most experienced athletes will start to feel the pain and soreness in their legs and feet.
A great way to get your legs and knees ready for all that exercise is to start doing some walking or light jogging. Either on a treadmill or around your neighborhood; try to do twenty to thirty minutes about three times a week in the weeks leading up to the fest. This will help to get your body in peak festival shape.
Don’t forget to stretch before and after every workout! This is a pretty useful guide on leg stretches; it will also help to alleviate some of the inevitable soreness.
Good Pair of Shoes
This one is very important. All too often, I encounter people who decided to bring a shitty pair of shoes for the festival. By the end of the weekend, those people tend to be limping because of the nasty blisters on their feet or ankles. This is completely avoidable so long as you invest in a decent pair of shoes.
I personally prefer to use an old pair of running shoes that are already broken in. Keep in mind that they will definitely get filthy over the span of the weekend; so try to avoid lighter colored shoes as they will be harder to clean afterwards.
Some great options for music festival shoes are:
- Comfortable Sneakers (Like Nike Flyruns, Adidas Pureboosts, Asics, etc.)
- Converse (or similar flat-bottomed shoes)
If you decide on Tevas, Chacos, or Converse make sure to break them in beforehand. Wearing them for the first time during festival weekend will more than likely still leave you with uncomfortable blisters.
I know this is a challenging one for some people (myself included). Try to avoid greasy, fatty, and sugary foods in the days leading up to the festival. This is important if you want to feel good through out the entire festival weekend. Eating these types of foods will cause you to feel tired, lethargic, and effect your mind state. Remember what mom always used to say, “Eat your greens!”. Stick to whole foods like fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Your body will have more energy and will thank you for it.
If you want to pack food and snacks for the weekend, the same rules apply. Bring foods that will keep you energized and feeling great. Things like trail mix, beef jerky, nuts, granola bars, etc. are easy to eat and can easily fit into your back pack or hydration bag.
This is one that isn’t necessary but it will definitely help you in your preparations. Mindfulness and clarity will keep you calm, collected, and feeling like a million bucks.
A great way to focus on your mindfulness is to meditate or practice breathing exercises for about 10-15 minutes every morning. Studies have shown that daily meditation reduces stress levels, alleviates anxiety, and helps the body to fight off illnesses.
Yoga is another great way to achieve the mindfulness that will help you to conquer the festival weekend. Check out the video below if you want to try a quick at-home session.
Most music festivals have yoga and/or meditation sessions through out the weekend as well. These will typically take place earlier in the day before any shows kick off but, in my experience, they do get packed. So be sure to check the daily schedule and show up on time to get a good spot and meet some fellow yogis.
Now You’re Ready
Go ahead and enjoy yourself knowing that your body is fully prepared to take on whatever surprises the festival weekend may bring. Have any other tips that you think would be useful? Leave a comment below!