Auf der "Oiden Wiesn", einem abgetrennten Bereich des Oktoberfests gibt es traditionelle Fahrgeschäfte wie dieses Kettenkarussell. Foto: Markus C. Hurek

O’zapft is!
Fall is here, and in Munich, that means Oktoberfest. Whether you’re just visiting for the first time or are well versed in the ways of the Wiesn, here are some tips for surviving Oktoberfest!


Noch ein Bier, bitte! – Und ein Wasser?
We have all unfortunately experienced hangovers, proclaiming to the universe that we will never ever drink so much ever again…but then, alas, it happens. Especially when Oktoberfest rolls around. What is a hangover more specifically, other than pure hell?

Well, alcohol has a diuretic effect which makes the body produce more urine and this leads to loss of fluids and electrolytes that your body needs. Perhaps not news to anyone, but dehydration contributes to many hangover symptoms such as headaches, increased thirst and dizziness.

While limiting the alcohol intake is obviously the easiest way to avoid a hangover, one Maβ at Oktoberfest is still a whole litre of beer and slightly more alcoholic than the beer we have the rest of the year. So, this year, before and between drinks try ordering some water to keep yourself hydrated!

Frühstück for all!
Having a hearty breakfast will help you maintain blood sugar levels as well as give you the vitamins and minerals you may have – misplaced – from your visit to Oktoberfest. Maintaining blood sugar levels can mitigate some of the effects of hangovers such as nausea, weakness and fatigue.

Here’s an easy healthy, hearty breakfast that you can use all year round

Sunny side up egg spinach on protein bread with cherry tomatoes

Keeping on Tracht throughout the year!
Let’s face it ladies and gentlemen, that traditional wear is tight, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle every time. Staying active every week and varying exercise routines will keep you feeling good and your Trachten wardrobe consistent.

What’s next?
Participating in a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) group fitness class can give your body that extra kick to keep it from getting complacent with a routine exercise regimen. HIIT is, as the name suggests, short bursts of intermittent low to high intensity exercise over the course a few minutes. Studies have shown this type of exercise to be a very effective form of fat burning cardio.

If you would like to try something like this out, feel free to sign up for one of the weekly classes offered at Evolve Fitness. http://www.evolvefitness.de/circuittraining/
Here’s to you this year! Have fun, feel great, stay healthy!

Prost!

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