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If you're already worried about letting your workout routine fall by the wayside as you enjoy a summer of music festivals and dancing in the mud, don't panic just yet.

Tech company Withings carried out what has to be the coolest study of all time when they calculated how many calories the average festival-goer burns in one day at a music festival. With the help of detailed site maps and distance-tracking tools, the researchers were able to get an accurate idea of how many kilometres were travelled and how many calories were danced/walked off each day.

The average reveller will burn anything from 2,300 to 3,400 calories a day, which amounts to close to 10,000 if you're spending 3-4 days at your festival of choice. Of course, if you're choosing acts like Sigur Ros over Avicii you might find you burn less calories, but that's a personal choice.

Withings focused only on UK festivals, but here's their findings to below to give you an idea of what you'll be burning off at Longitude, Electric Picnic et al. And considering the SHEmazing! team checked out their own activity data after last month's Body and Soul Festival and averaged about 15 – 18 km of walking/dancing per day, the estimations below even seem a little conservative.

Glastonbury: 3400 calories burnt off each day and 8.2 km walked

V Festival: 3,100 calories burnt off each day and 7.4 km walked

Reading Festival: 3,000 calories burnt off each day and 7.6 km walked

T In The Park: 3,000 calories burnt off each day and 7.2 km walked

Leeds Festival: 2,900 calories burnt off each day and 7.4 km walked

So don't feel too guilty about queuing up at the burger stand or trying out the pie truck… you'll burn it off soon enough.


Motivating yourself to get to the gym for a workout is hard enough, so don't waste your time by slacking off when you get there.

If you're keen to see better results, a few simple changes could be all you need to boost your metabolism and burn even more calories.

These six things are proven to maximise calorie burn and make your body work even harder than usual, so give them a try next time you're exercising.

1. Work out in the morning
Your energy levels are generally at their highest in the morning as you've just woken up from a night's sleep, so it's natural that you'll be able to work harder at this time of the day. If you're not a morning person though, choose a time when you usually feel most energised, be it after work or on your lunch break.

2. Warm up well
Stretching or jogging for 5 – 10 minutes before an exercise session not only loosens the muscle but also gets the blood flowing so that you're burning calories before your workout has even begun. Ease your body into your workout to see better results.

3. Mix it up
A slow and steady workout might seem like the best way to do things, but it's important to give your body variety. Try a series of high-intensity exercises like jumping jacks, wall sits, lunges or push-ups, doing 30 seconds of each and taking a 10 second break between each one. If you're doing strength training, make each set a "superset" by combining two exercises in quick succession before a short break.

4. Don't be scared to use heavier weights
Many women have a tendency to go for small 2kg or 3kg weights for fear of getting "bulky," but using heavier weights is the best way to burn calories, and we promise you won't look anything more than toned and lean. Research has shown that using heavier weights for fewer reps burns 25% more calories than using smaller weights for more reps (eg. 5kg 10 times versus 10kg 5 times).

5. Eat shortly after your workout
Refuelling your muscles after a workout is essential for helping them to repair themselves and get stronger. The stronger your muscles are, the more calories you'll burn every day. Simple. So be sure to eat a protein-rich snack within 2 hours of finishing your exercise session.