Healthy Heart Tip: Let the beat drop
We’re in the heart of the festival season now with a calendar full of blood-pumping events over June, July and August. The euphoric feeling of wellbeing simply from being in the open fresh air and listening to music –you can’t beat it.
It’s all too easy to dance around the subject of heart disease and stage dive into the abundance of unhealthy pickings on hand at festivals. But with the right choices, a festival could be a wonderful platform for improving the shape of your heart.
If you love music and don’t want to skip a heartbeat, follow our tips on how to ‘let the beat drop’:
- Fill your boots
Festival food should be tasty, filling and easy to eat in one hand while you cut some grooves. With an abundance of deep fried and over-priced snacks, fill your boots with a selection of heart-healthy snacks so you’re one step ahead. A tin of tuna in a hand-sized wholemeal pitta with colourful salad is an easy and heart-healthy sarnie. As the night draws in, get the takeaway BBQ going with some charred corn-on the cob and veggie skewers
- Dance to your heart’s content
Dance styles vary with age and style and so does the amount of energy you’ll burn moshing, bopping or jerking. One thing we do know is that while you keep moving those dancing shoes (or wellies) you’ll do wonders for your heart and your waistline, helping to control blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure. So what are you waiting for? Get that heart pumping
- Sing for your heart
Being surrounded by friends in the great outdoors with some cracking tunes will make you want to sing. Whether you belt out a tune like a rock star or sound like a foghorn, singing lifts your mood. When your heart is happy and free from anxiety, blood pressure drops and your heart becomes much better at doing the job it’s meant to be doing- keeping you alive
- You are what you drink
Festivals are very active places with all that singing, trudging through mud and jumping around. You’d have to be raving mad not to take bottles of water with you. A slight drop in water levels will thicken the blood and make your heart work harder. So drink up and wise up when it comes to knowing your alcohol limits
If you’re planning a trip to a music festival this summer, stay safe with every heartbeat. Go prepared and put your heart and soul into the abundance of opportunities for living a healthier, happier, longer life.