Bad DJ Health Habits and How to Overcome Them
Let’s face it. DJing and staying physically healthy could be a major task. As a DJ, you’re playing nightly, staying up till the wee hours of the morning, and if you have a day job you probably aren’t getting as much sleep as you need to. Being surrounded by a bunch of alcoholic beverages and cigarette smoke probably doesn’t help all that much either.
It’s pretty much this; no sleep + bad diet + alcohol = unhealthy ☹
It takes a bunch of self-discipline, but it is totally possible to still maintain your DJing lifestyle while being physically fit and maintain overall good health. Below are some health-tips geared towards DJs that will help you keep up a healthy lifestyle while maintaining your late-night passion.
Bad Habit: “Having a few” alcoholic beverages before/after your set.
Solution: Take a break from drinking or try to limit your drinking to 2-3 drinks a week.
This one’s fairly obvious. Even moderate drinking (which is defined as 1 drink/day) can have long-term effects on the body, like high blood pressure, stroke, liver problems, and certain forms of cancers. Drinking alcohol is never good for your health, especially if you usually pound one or two before a set. Try to limit your drinking. You can go dry for a night or two.
Bad Habit: Late night meals – AKA McDonald’s/Taco Shops/Taco Bell visits at 3:00 AM.
Solution: Bring (real) food from home and drink lots of water.
*When we say REAL food, we mean produce like veggies, fruit, etc.
Eat a healthy meal before your set and pack yourself a late night snack for when you get off. We’re not going to lie, “fourth meal” is a real thing. A lot of us love going to late night taquerias or fast food places to partake in gorging on greasy fried foods.
If you start making it a habit to eat a healthy sized portion before your sets, you will stay energized during your set and not be as hungry when you get out of the club or event – AND ESPECIALLY much less tempted to get late night Taco Bell. If your stomach starts to grumble, bring some bananas. Bananas are a perfect late night snack. They’re packed with potassium and magnesium, which helps relax your muscles and allow you a better, more restful sleep – PERFECT for a DJ who is on their feet for several hours.
Drinking enough water will help keep you full and keep you hydrated. Try subbing out sodas, juices, and other high calorie beverages for water. Sugary drinks are pretty much empty calories and water will help keep your fluids balanced and contribute to weight loss (if needed). Water also helps energize muscles, so drinking enough water can help you stay energized during your DJ set.
Bad Habit: The “I get my exercise from DJing” excuse.
Solution: Throw that excuse away.
That’s not enough! As a DJ, you stand for an average of about 3 hours during a set. Standing has been proven to burn 50 more calories per hour than sitting. So do the math. 50 cal x 3 hours = 150 cal/hour. How often do you play a set? Let’s say you play a set at least 3 times a week. 150 x 3 = 450. That’s only 450 calories burned a week.
When you think that a 30 minute jog can burn up to 500 calories for the average person, 450/week seems miniscule.
The American Heart Association recommends AT LEAST 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise 5 days a week. This includes jogging, calisthenics, and weight lifting – anything that will burn calories.
BUT as a DJ, how do you find time to exercise? You can fit in 20-30 minutes of calisthenics 5 days a week and before a set. Try 10 sets of 10 pushups, 10 sets 10 of crunches, and stretch before a set. You can also add in 20-30 minutes of jogging when you can and do some core strengthening exercises at home. Physical exercise is key to a healthier lifestyle.
Bad Habit: Chugging down a Red Bull or Monster before a set
Solution: Find some natural replacements to get your energy.
Caffeine, especially sugary energy drinks are very bad for your health. They contribute to heart and liver problems. Apples are great for natural energy and drinking enough water will help keep your muscles energized. The best medicine is sleep, but we’re realistic. As a DJ, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. Try to sneak in a few naps during the day if you can. It’s important to your health.
These are just a few tips to help you get you better your health and overall lifestyle. Know more tips to help late-night DJs get healthier? Share below!
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