Regardless of how exciting a trip may be, it's always accompanied by the drawbacks of air travel. Flights can wreak havoc on your health, and we often arrive at our destination tired and dehydrated.
So what’s a traveller to do? Follow these plane health tips and you may just arrive at your destination ready to hit the ground running.
1. Get plenty of sleep before you travel. This will help counterbalance the lack of sleep you'll likely get on the plane, so you not only arrive at your destination as refreshed as possible, but it will also put your immune system in better shape for fighting off coughs and colds that seem to come hand in hand with plane travel.
2. Try plane yoga. Sitting down for extended periods is no good for our mobility and posture. Lymph and blood also accumulates in the feet and ankles during air travel, making you more prone to DVT’s (deep vein thrombosis – aka blood clots). Doing some simple exercises and stretches sporadically throughout your flight reduces the chance of this occurring. Plus, if you try some airplane yoga, you'll feel much better at the end of the journey!
3. Meditate. What better place to practice the art of quietening your mind and your breath amid distractions than when you're surrounded by babies, noisy food carts, and loud announcements from the captain. If you can do it on a plane, you really can do it anywhere! You'll arrive at your destination far more relaxed if you spend a few moments meditating.
4. Drink, drink, drink. And no, I do not mean alcohol! Water has never been more your friend than when you're on a plane. By continually hydrating with water (you could also try coconut water) you'll minimize skin dryness, avoid headaches, reduce puffiness, and keep your mind sharp.
5. Pack a lunchbox. Plane food is not always the healthiest, and a far cry from how we should optimally be nourishing our bodies with. So why eat it? Try packing a lunchbox of your favorite healthy snacks such as vegetable sticks, fruit, berries, nuts and seeds, or a homemade salad.
Once you arrive at your destination, these tricks can help speed up your post-flight recovery.
6. Get moving! Going for a walk will help redistribute the fluid from the feet to the rest of the body. Swimming is also a great option as the positive pressure from the water helps reverse the effects of the negative pressure that your body is under during air travel. Also, if you head outside (weather permitting), it will help normalize your body to the new time zone.
7. Rehydrate. Even if you follow health tip number 4, you'll still likely be dehydrated. Try to drink plenty of water the following day to give your body the hydration it needs.
Do you have any healthy travel tips? I would love to hear them!