How Country Music Fans Can Keep Fit to Better Enjoy Concert Performances
Country music is the soundtrack of many people’s lives, whether they’re living miserable or great lives.
Americans are turning to country music in high numbers to keep them company.
Country music, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data continues to enjoy a streamlining bonanza. Over a previous couple of weeks, it experienced on-demand audio streams. This saw it experience a 10.7% growth, translating to over 1.26 billion streams.
It set a new record of growth in the next week at 14.3%, translating to 1.3 billion streams. On the converse, the music realized about 1.138 billion streams almost four months earlier.
Many factors have been attributed to the rise in country music streams. Some of them include:
- Television shows increasingly featuring country artists such as Trisha Yearwood of ACM Presents and Garth Brooks of CBS Special.
- Continued release of new albums from Sam Hunt and Kelsea Ballerini
- The deaths of Joe Diffie and Kenny Rogers; the on-demand music streams for Rogers reach an all-time high of 1,109% in the week after his death.
- CBS’ Our Country show
- Weekly news cycle
Apart from the factors above, country music fans are increasingly becoming engaged and growing in numbers at platforms streaming songs in the same genre.
Whether you’re new to country music or been listening to the songs since time immemorial, you can prepare your body and mind for unmatched experience during concerts.
Here’re some tips to help you keep fit and prepare for concert performances like no other:
6 Ways You Can Prepare Your Body and Mind for Country Music Concerts
Get enough sleep each night
Whether you’re planning to attend a country music concert the next day or still got some weeks ahead, you need to prepare for the event.
Just like musicians preparing for gigs and rehearsals, you need to get enough sleep each night. With a good night’s sleep, you’re guaranteed to:
- Avoid critical injuries
- Think clearer every single day
- Experience a better mood
- Reduce anxiety and stress or even depression
As a music fan, you need brainpower to digest music and focus entirely on the performances at a concert. And, you need a calm and well-rested mind to do so.
When you get enough rest, you don’t worry about things like how you’ll sing along your favorite artists or even how you’ll dance during performances. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night if you’re an adult.
School-aged children need more sleep, hence require 9-11 hours of sleep every night. On the other hand, teens need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night.
Listen to your body to give it what’s required. Go to bed early or take a nap if you feel tired and drained. Prioritize getting enough sleep to enjoy upcoming concerts you plan to attend.
Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated
Drink at least 8-ounce glasses of water daily to keep your body hydrated. However, temperature levels and exercise can vary the amount of water you can drink on any given day.
Drink a glass of water in the morning and another before going to bed. Spread the other 6 glasses throughout the day.
Buy an insulated water bottle to bring along when going on concerts; you still need to drink water even when at a concert. Camelback or Nalgene are some popular brands you can choose for prolonged use.
Some benefits of hydration include:
- Prevents injury and boosts physical performance – drink water prior to, during and post exercise to perform better and protect your body from injuries.
- Enhances endurance
- Improves cognitive thinking
- Reduces fatigue
- Offers protection against illnesses/diseases
- Prevents headaches
Protect your ears
Your ears are important, hence the need to protect them on a daily basis. When listening to country music at home, make sure that volume levels are healthy and safe for your ears.
Invest in some good noise-reducing earplugs or over-ear headphones built to eliminate noise from your surroundings. They also bring down sound to a healthy level of decibels that can’t damage your ears.
With the right earplugs and proper ear protection, you’ll prevent headaches, ringing and hearing loss that occurs over time. This ensures that your ears are healthy and fit for a country music concert.
Sanitize your hands
Whether you work from home or not, you touch all kinds of items, including furniture, music systems, light switches, door handles, instruments (if you have one at home or in the office) etc.
Keep a travel-sized hand sanitizer to use wherever you go. Sanitizers kill germs that transfer from surfaces to your hands. You’ll use it even when at the concert to keep your hands germ-free. This is important in the face of COVID-19 outbreak.
Alternatively, use disinfecting wipes instead of sanitizers if you’re on a tight budget. You’ll stay healthy to eventually attend the concert, in fit health.
You don’t have to sign up for triathlon or a local gym to keep fit. The right amount of exercise depends on your personal fitness goals and health.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days in a week. Just like hydration and getting enough sleep, exercise has the following benefits:
- Lowers the risk of illness and disease
- Increases levels of energy
- Enhances your mood
- Reduces stress and anxiety feelings
- Improves memory and brain function
- Develops and maintains healthy bones and muscles to prevent injury
- Improves sleep quality and relaxation
Choose the right type of exercise for you. Avoid strenuous exercises if you aren’t an overly active country music fan. Throw a Frisbee with a friend or take short walks to exercise your body.
Before working out each day, stretch and exercise your muscles to avoid injuries.
Don’t skip meals or eat too much fast foods, especially at night. Make sure you eat health and consume balanced diets. Even with busy schedule, you still need to eat healthy.
Avoid late night meals, eat small meals regularly (create a regular eating schedule), and consume energy-giving foods. They’ll enhance your focus and assist you get through your tough days without getting drained or feeling sluggish.
Some energy-giving foods include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Bananas and apples
- Strawberries and oranges
- Avocadoes and hummus
- Salmon and nuts
- Beans and leafy greens
You can also drink tea or coffee for an energy-boost. With the right preparation and living a healthy lifestyle to keep fit, you’ll be ready to indulge in a country music band performance for endless fun.