March 20, 2017

Health tips for frequent flyers

If you’re part of the jet set, your fast-paced life is likely to be full of of fun and adventure.

However, spending a lot of time on aeroplanes can also mean encountering lots of germs, sitting down for long periods of time with little room for exercise, irregular eating times and disturbed sleeping patterns.

This can take its toll on even the fittest of people, so we’ve compiled a list of top tips to keep you frequent flyers in tip top shape:

Stay hydrated

This health tip pops up in nearly every health-related article out there – with good reason. By drinking more water, energy levels increase, your complexion brightens up and your body flushes out toxins more effectively. This is especially vital when you’re stuck on a plane for several hours in stuffy, dry cabin air. When upping your water intake, you might want to think about limiting or reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake. It may be tempting to use coffee to get through a long journey or alcohol to unwind after a stressful day, but your body won’t thank you for it. If you’re feeling tired, a glass of cool water can work wonders.

Eat well, every day

It can be tempting to opt for junk food or see it as a treat when you’re away from home, but with so many cheap, easy-to-make, healthy fresh food alternatives there really is no excuse. You can always prepare snacks to bring on the road with you or do some research into healthy restaurants or supermarkets near your accommodation.

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Get moving

Stretching your body (neck, back, arms and legs) while on a long-haul flight is not just a good idea – it’s vital for keeping your body healthy and maintaining good circulation, while warding off conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and even obesity. Just because you have a seat on a flight doesn’t mean you have to be inactive; stretch your legs and get up for a walk up and down the aisle. When you land at your destination, make sure you book into a hotel with gym facilities. We especially recommend hotels with swimming pools which are not only relaxing but provide a fun and easy, low-impact way of exercising.

Get some Zzzs!

Getting some extra shut-eye is not only great for your physical health but also for your mind, too. We can often be so busy running about that we forget to make time for our bodies to rest. This is especially important when travelling across time zones in order to combat jet lag and burnout, so we advise trying to stick to a regular bedtime and if that’s not possible, taking regular naps on flights so that you’re well rested upon arrival at your destination. Neck pillows available at most airports can come in handy here.

We hope these tips will help to keep you at your best when you’re in the air, so that you don’t have to spend time recovering when you land.

 

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