International Men’s Day

Today is International Mens Day; a day to highlight men’s health and well-being issues.

Musicians are notorious for not looking after their health; especially those on tour. So we thought we’d share a couple of tips to help you stay healthier on the road.

Dehydration can be a real problem for musicians. We know the last thing you want is to need the loo part way through a set and so the temptation is to not drink beforehand. Add to that the post show alcoholic drinks and you’ll be seriously dehydrated the day after. Plus you only need to dehydrate a little for your performance to be affected. The answer is to eat your fluids beforehand by consuming foods with a high water content. These will not fill your bladder as quickly as drinking. Melons, cucumbers, grapes, and strawberries will all work. Post show use isotonic drinks to ensure you replace the electrolytes as well as the fluid.

Along with not drinking, many musicians don’t eat pre show. This might be due to lack of time, nerves, or simply that they don’t want to feel full during the performance. Again, this is not good for you. Low blood sugar, just as dehydration, can hinder your performance and lead to errors. The best way to deal with this is to try to eat the right food at the right time. Have a high protein breakfast to ensure you feel fuller for longer. For lunch, if you can, have a well-balanced meal with plenty of protein and complex carbs. Before going on stage have a light snack; this can be raspberries with a protein rich yoghurt, a banana, cottage cheese with pineapple, or a protein porridge pot topped with berries and honey. All of these will give you a quick lift from the sugar but have complex carbs to sustain you.