In these days when the entire globe is the marketplace, there are a lot of executives who seem to be perpetually traveling from one meeting to another across time zones. Irrespective of whether you are traveling long-haul or not, your health and fitness can take a toss leaving you tired, jet-lagged and vulnerable to illnesses. Some essential tips that will help you to safeguard your health:
Remember that the climate control in airport terminals as well as inside the aircraft ensures that the re-circulated air is cool and dry, which can dehydrate you very quickly. While the amount of water necessary for proper hydration differs from person to person, a thumb rule is eight ounces for every half-hour of travel. It is best to limit alcohol consumption onboard as it tends to dehydrate you while too much tea or coffee can make sleep difficult. You can have as much fruit juiceas you want,providing it is fresh and has no added sugar.
Despite the limited space, it does not mean that you cannot do simple exercises while on a long-haul flight. Sitting in one place for long can cause blood clots to form in the legs, which can have very serious consequences if they travel to the brain or the heart. By walking about to the extent possible when the seat belt sign is not on, you can keep your blood circulation in order and prevent blood clot formation. Further, by moving around, you reduce your chances of getting painful muscle cramps and stiffness in the neck and shoulders that can,otherwise, come back to haunt you later on. If you are building muscle, keep on taking the best steroid you can find even when you are traveling.
Keeping your hands and body clean is especially important to reduce the chances of infection and getting into a medical situation when away from home. Washing your hands properly before having food is a good way of preventing tummy problems while using a sanitizer in the aircraft toilet is good insurance against picking up unknown infections from strange lands. To stay safer, you can wipe down the armrest, the folding tray and other stuff like air vents with a liquid sanitizer. Never walk barefoot in the plane, especially when visiting the lavatory.
Not only do most airlines charge extra for the meals on board, the food too is not very healthy. Instead of having the airline meals, you can carry some packaged restaurant snack packs and meals that are tasty and healthy in addition to granola bars, fresh fruit, muffins, etc.
When you look at them, none of the tips are revolutionary but just plain simple common sense, yet extremely important for keeping you fit and fine even when you have to fly frequently. If you are suffering from a medical condition that is of critical importance, make sure you have a medical bracelet with all the important information and contact details that can be easily accessed by others in an emergency.