Wait, the festival is two days away?
We’ve all been there, months out from a festival – we buy the tickets, we plan the drive, the place to stay, the perfect group to go with…and a couple weeks out from the event, you realize that you are not ready to wear those pasties or that super cute, slightly spontaneous pair of booty shorts you so eagerly purchased three months ago, and you’re left wondering: what now? Here are some last minute tips to help you feel a little more confident and comfortable in your carefully planned outfit.
1. Add at least 30 minutes of cardio a day.
We know how important cardio is. We are constantly bombarded with signs to “get moving”, but that doesn’t mean you have to go out and run a grueling 4 mile run in sneakers that have been collecting dust at the back of your closet. Instead, just do at least 30 minutes of activity a day, even if that’s just 10 minutes of jumping jacks three times a day, it will help you retain stamina for those hours of dancing at the festival!
2. Have a serving of greens twice per day
Try to have a salad or some sort of green at lunch and with dinner, or whip up one of those crazy-looking, green smoothies for breakfast (e.g. add a handful of spinach/kale/cucumber to your breakfast smoothie). The fiber will boost your metabolism, keep you fuller longer, and if you eat the greens before your meal, it can help you feel fuller before you even start the main course.
3. Stay hydrated
The most important tip for staying fit during festival season is simple – DRINK WATER! Drink often, not just during the festival, but also before. Staying hydrated helps keep your skin clear, your stomach full, your body healthy and water keeps things “moving smoothly” in the digestive track, helping prevent stomach aches. Drink water before and after every meal, when you wake up in the morning and whenever you’re feeling hungry, try a glass of water before eating, to see if you’re actually just dehydrated.
4. Try to avoid fried and high sodium foods
Both fried foods and foods high in sodium, tend to promote bloating and are also common causes of breakouts in many people. Try to cut down on those before the festival, and with the added water and greens, you’ll be feeling more alert, healthier and won’t be wanting those fried foods anyway.
Just remember, don’t stress it. Even if you don’t get to do any of these things, or only add some of these tips in the days leading up to the event, just have fun! At the end of the day, you’re gonna have a great time at the festival, listen to some amazing music, make new friends and dance the night away and no one will notice those little flaws that you feel you have. So wear what you want, and dance like no one’s watching.