Last year we covered RooFitness with an 80 day lead to allow Bonnaroovians time to work on their festi-bods but this year we’re giving you a bit of a head start on your RooWellness. Here’s what you need to know to be fit and healthy to survive The Farm in 2016.
Note: The information and suggestions below are not intended to be taken as medical advice. Talk to your doctor about your own unique situation. Don’t be that guy/girl.
Cardio Party: Great Stage Park (the venue for Bonnaroo) is a 700 acre farm converted into a grand oasis for Bonnaroovians every June. Besides all of that acreage, fans are running back and forth from stage to stage to dance and make the most of their schedule each day and night of the festival. Last year one Redditor asked if people had ever tracked how much they walk at Bonnaroo and the responses were all over the map but seemed to hover around the 10-15 miles per day mark which included the dancing that pedometers picked up as steps. The lesson here? Get your cardio on point! If your body isn’t used to the level of activity it takes to make the most out of your Bonnaroo you’re going to want to start prepping now. Go for walks or jogs often and remember that living room dance parties totally count. It’s not a bad idea to download a pedometer app to your phone or make use of that FitBit you got during the holidays. Set a goal of being more active as we count down to Bonnaroo and you will maximize your endurance for the festival that we know to be more of a marathon than a sprint.
Festi Feasting: Bonnaroo has one of the best festi food games in the industry and this is because there are so many quality, real-food options. It’s not all pizza and fries (Spicy Pie, anyone?) on The Farm and the way you consume can have a huge affect on your day. Start your morning with something healthy and nourishing. There are plenty of vendors offering eggs, fresh fruit and smoothies. If you’re more into bringing your own meals pack apples, oranges, oatmeal to-go cups and granola. Morning is also a good time to take supplements you may use, especially if you partied a little too hard the night before. A quality B12 supplement can boost your energy and change the game when it comes to hiking back into Centeroo for another day of shenanigans.
The Hydration Situation: Every single year there is some poor fool passed out whose body was not prepared for the heat and loss of moisture from sweating on a farm in the Tennessee sun in June. It’s not because he or she didn’t have a full CamelBak or recyclable aluminum water bottle at the ready. It’s because they drank what they thought would be enough water but their bodies weren’t conditioned to accept an adequate amount of hydration in the first place. The key is to start working on your hydration game now. Yes, even with 100 days left to prep it is not too early. If you aren’t doing so already, start drinking at least 64 ounces of fluid each day and increase that to satiate any thirst you may have. Notice the word fluid and not water. That is because you can gain proper hydration from a number of sources. One of the most effective hydration sources is coconut water. On its own the flavor isn’t great but a number of brands offer flavored options or you could DIY it by adding a natural juice option that you like. It is HIGHLY recommend that you bring coconut water to the farm with you and don’t be stingy. Share with your camp mates when they’re in need of some proper hydration. Another critical point is to pay attention to thirst. If at any time you feel thirsty that is your body’s way of telling you that your hydration is already off balance. Some people rely on the color of their urine to tell them if they are dehydrated but let’s be honest, that’s not really possible in a porto (even if they are flushable now). Pay attention to thirst and you’ll do just fine.
Lotions & Potions: Sunscreen! Buy it, apply it, share it and repeat! Just like the person who is passed out from dehydration there is always a flock of poor souls who didn’t bother to apply (or reapply) sunscreen and is delivering boiled lobster realness by Friday afternoon. DON’T. BE. THAT. ROOVIAN! It doesn’t matter what color your skin is or what ethnic origin you claim will protect you from a sunburn, it won’t. Protect yourself from future health issues and put on a nice layer of SPF 15 or higher and don’t forget to reapply according to the directions on the the bottle. Bonus if you find a brand that blocks UVA and UVB rays in addition to being sweat and water resistant! On to the bug spray factor… It’s pretty well known that the Bonnaroo property gets sprayed with pesticide in the weeks leading up to the festival and it’s pretty uncommon to hear complaints about mosquitoes or other insects but if you plan to spend any time in the few wooded areas available on The Farm such as The Grove it’s a good idea to find a bug spray that works as a tick repellent or to wipe some tea tree oil on ankles and legs. Tea tree oil is also a natural antibacterial and has a tingly, cooling effect on skin so add a few drops to your soaps and baby wipes to get extra clean and refreshed!
Did we cover it all? If not, share your RooWellness tips and tricks in the comments or on social media with #RooWellness to keep your fellow Farm-goers healthy and safe!