The rocker mantra of sex, drugs and rock and roll is appealing because of its rebellious nature. Rock music and the idea of living dangerously go hand in hand. Rockers like Keith Wood and Steven Tyler are living examples of living the rock star life. Just because you like the music and the environment, doesn’t mean you have to live an unhealthy lifestyle. Small tweaks to your habits will allow you to keep on rocking and keep healthy for years to come.
1. Pick Your Venue
Years ago seeing a band meant coming home from some dank, dark bar smelling like smoke and talking like a trucker from all the second hand smoke. The American Cancer Society states that second hand smoke accounts for 3400 deaths from lung cancer. With the recent legal changes, many states are moving to smoke free establishments. For example, in Pennsylvania, if an establishment serves more food than alcohol, When possible, do your lungs a favor and choose smoke-free venues. Outdoor concerts are another great option to keep your lungs healthy enough to scream for your favorite band.
2. No Rider for You- Plan Ahead for Meals
Being a concert junkie means a lot of hectic evenings as you rush from your boring real life to another venue to see another band. This can wreak havoc on your eating leaving you feeling bloated and gross for the show. Many fast food chains now offer healthier options. Subway sandwiches are a great choices as they can be picked up earlier in the day and can be eater before or after the concert (or both!). Plan your meals in advance for concert nights so that you can be assured to eat a healthy and filling meal that will leave you energized for the show.
3. Only Rock Stars Can Afford Rehab- Be Mindful of Your Drinking
An evening at the bar just doesn’t seem right without a drink in your hand. But getting trashed and making a fool of yourself isn’t very cool either. Remember that drinking can negatively impact your health in a number of ways. Repeated binge drinking can damage your liver and cause a host of complications. More immediately, drinking can affect your judgment which can lead to automobile accidents or risky sexual behavior both of which can have life altering consequences. To stay in control, try alternating water with alcoholic drinks. Or get a bottle of beer and nurse it rather than downing it an ordering another one. As long as you have a bottle in your hand people will never know if it is your first for fifth.
4. Party Like A Rock Star- Wear Earplugs!
Hardcore concert goers think earplugs are for wusses. Many complain that they alter the sound and ruin the experience. Many rock stars will tell you quite honestly, that they will wear ear plugs to prevent hearing damage from their numerous and extended exposures. Today there are a great variety of earplugs to choose from. Many actually enhance the sound by canceling out background noise. As a music lover you want nothing to interfere with the sound, so protect your hearing for many years of continued listening.
5. Watch Your Step
Mosh pit experts will agree, it is more important to dress for comfort and safety not for style and fashion. Sure you think you have a chance to meet the band but come on, be realistic, you don’t so you might as well be comfortable. I always wanted to wear my high heeled boots to concerts so that I looked good. But in the end, being comfortable was much more important, especially because when you are in a throng of people, no one will be able to see your feet. Another no-no is flip flops. They are cute and comfy in the summer but provide no protection to your toes. Instead opt for sneakers for more support and protection.
6. Get Your ZZZZ’s
Party all night sleep all day, as the old saying goes. As much as partying all night is, most people can’t sleep all day so they soon find out that long nights make for long days. There is nothing wrong with occasionally partying all night but at some point, you need to make up for lost sleep. Plan for some down time after a rambunctious concert outing. This will allow your body to restore itself and will keep your energy and immune system up. Plus it will keep you looking good!
There isn’t anything wrong with rocking out and having a good time. You can still be hardcore and healthy is you are mindful of secondhand smoke, drink in moderation, protect your hearing and get enough sleep. By working to be healthy, you will enjoy your experiences more, be able to enjoy more concerts and will look an feel better doing so!
How to Protect Hearing at a Rock Concert. http://www.ehow.com/how_2079528_protect-hearing-rock-concert.html. Accessed May 31, 2010.
Second Hand Smoke Facts. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_10_2x_secondhand_smoke-clean_indoor_air.asp. Accessed May 12, 2010.