In New Orleans, spring has here, which means only one thing: Festivals, Festivals, Festivals!
Here are seven ways to stay healthy and hydrated throughout the day or weekend so you can move and groove.
- Drink plenty of water
If you lose more fluids than you take in, you may get dehydrated. This means your body isn’t getting enough fluids to function properly. Mild dehydration can cause tiredness, dizziness, and muscle cramps.
Don’t wait till you’re thirsty to drink water. Many events have water stations where you can refill your bottle, but don’t forget to empty it before going through security.
Take a water break every other drink if you’re drinking alcohol.
- Always use sunscreen.
The best approach to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful effects is to limit your exposure to it and protect your skin.
Sunscreen protects you from getting tanned by absorbing or reflecting UV light. Choosing a good sunscreen is vital when it comes to skin protection. Choose a sunscreen that has the following characteristics:
- Broad-spectrum defense is a sort of defense that guards against a variety of threats.
- It is recommended that you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Is it waterproof or water resistant? This means that the sunscreen protects you for a specific amount of time—40 or 80 minutes, depending on the label—while swimming or sweating.
For children over the age of six months, follow the advice of the American Academy of Dermatology:
- Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin. Reapply every 2 hours or so after swimming or sweating.
- Wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses whenever possible. Look for clothing with a high UV protection factor (UPF) and that is tightly woven.
- When the weather permits, go for a walk in the shade. The sun’s beams are at their brightest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You should seek shade if your shadow is shorter than you.
The perfect sunscreen is one that you will reapply frequently. Sunscreens allow you to spend longer lengths of time outside before your skin turns red. They do not, however, give comprehensive protection. Use of sunscreen does not indicate that you are free to spend as much time in the sun as you want. Your skin cells are still hurting.
- Cover Up
It is vital to apply sunscreen before going out in the sun. However, it is only one part of a multi-step plan to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Other important skin-protection procedures include the following:
- I seek shade when the situation necessitates it. Limit your sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wearing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and tightly woven clothing that covers the majority of your skin.
- Double-check Medications
Many over-the-counter and prescription medications increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays. As a result, taking certain medications might cause a serious sunburn in minutes. Read all medicine labels carefully and reapply sunscreen as needed.
- Eat Sensibly
At festivals, there are a plethora of delectable but less-than-nutritious food options. Eat a large breakfast with enough of protein to stay full and energized throughout the day.
To help you maintain your energy levels and keep dancing and grooving throughout the day, look for lighter menu options from food vendors. If something is crispy, it’s a codeword for stay away. It’s unmistakably fried, and it’s most likely heavy in fat and calories. Anything with a lot of sauce on it, such as a cream or hollandaise sauce, will be high in calories. Sandwiches, yogurt, and fresh fruit, as All of these foods, as well as grilled or boiled chicken or seafood, are healthful choices.
Bringing healthy snacks to festivals that allow outside food will help you avoid overindulging in high-calorie, high-fat foods.
Snacks that are excellent to have include:
Fruit that has already been washed (apples, pears, bananas, or grapes)
- Whole-grain crackers or pretzels
- Whole-grain bagels
- Plain popcorn
- Fig bars
- Baby carrots or ready-cut raw veggies
- Dried fruit
- Unsalted, raw nuts or seeds
- Homemade trail mix
- Pace Yourself
It’s vital to remember that this is a race, not a sprint. You are more likely to be hurt or have an accident if you drink because alcohol impairs sensory perceptions, judgment, and reaction time.
If you want to drink alcohol, you can do so in the following ways:
- Before you start drinking, determine a safe limit for yourself.
- Give your keys to someone who isn’t going to drink. If you don’t seem competent of driving, give him permission to keep the keys.
- Don’t drink if you’re hungry.This will slow the absorption of alcohol into your body.
- Take care of yourself
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