How many calories can you burn at a music festival?
New research suggests burning calories this summer might be as easy as skipping the gym and heading to a music festival.
At the Galstonbury Festival, a five-day music festival in England, attendees walked an average of 5.1 miles and burned about 3,400 calories each day, according to a study conducted by Withings, a consumer electronics company which creates fitness devices. That equated to an average of 400 to 700 calories burned during each act festival-goers attended
The researchers tracked the calorie intake and miles walked at various festivals across Europe. While attendees at Glastonbury Festival walked more and burned more calories than other festival goers, overall, attendees burned about 9,000 calories and walked 15 miles during a three-day music festival.
Physicians warn that since these all-day events are taking place on some of summer’s hottest days, hydration and food consumption is key, especially when alcohol comes into play.
“Obviously monitor your alcohol intake and don’t drink excessively,” says Dr. Patricia Lee, emergency medicine physician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. “Drink lots of non-alcoholic beverages.”
Dr. Lee offers these tips for staying safe at a festival:
- Set yourself a limit or alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is dehydrating and alcohol intoxication also results in risky behavior, which may lead to injury.
- Pack snacks. Eating on-the-go and throughout the day will help prevent low blood sugar from prolonged standing or dancing.
- Protect yourself from bug bites and sunburn. Wear bug spray and sunscreen or blocking the sun with clothes and hats. Also, protect your eyes with UV blocking sunglasses.
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