Fit to Fly: How to Stay Travel-Healthy

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Going to another place is super exciting. One thing you don’t count on is feeling physically drained from travel. Flight attendants and experienced flyers do a number of things to stay in good health before, during, and after a flight to make the most of trips and vacations.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for health but it’s especially important in the air. Drink plenty of water before your flight and about 8 ounces of water or coconut water each hour in flight. That’s not saying you have to drink 8 ounces each hour of a 20-hour flight, but you get the idea. Keep the water coming.

Limit Alcohol

Some use a long flight as an invitation to get drunk. It’s best to keep alcohol to a minimum. Plus, you don’t want to get so inebriated or preoccupied that you miss information related to flight times changing, etc. See a doctor about prescription medicine for flight-related anxiety.

Download a Fitness App

It’s easy to feel abnormal after a long flight. Download fitness apps so you can sweat it out once you get to your hotel room. Whether you’re trying to do 100 push-ups over five-minute periods or high-intensity aerobic routine, get back to a fitness baseline once you land.

Walk-It Out

Some airports provide travelers with walking trails so they can keep the blood flowing between or before flights. You may not have the option of a trail but you could arrive early and see if there are exercise facilities. Otherwise, walk laps around the airport versus sitting there stationary before your flight. It might appear weird to unroll a yoga mat in the middle of the airport but it’s a possibility for those who want to get their stretch on before a flight.

Find a Hotel with Facilities

Rather than interrupt your regular routine, find a hotel with workout facilities. That way, you won’t feel like you’re slacking and travel won’t take as large of a toll on your body. The downtown Washington DC Renaissance has ample room and workout equipment for those looking to use cardio equipment or light weights.

Bring a Loved One

If money and itinerary allow, bring a loved one who can serve as a workout partner. It’s known that most are less likely to miss working out if at least one other person keeps them honest. It’s likely a workout partner provides encouragement as you continue your regimen and will make you feel guilty for backing-out if you slack on a session or two.

Eat Healthy

Some miss working out and indulge on unhealthy foods when traveling. Some like to pack healthy food for the journey, so they are not put in a situation where they are hungry, desperate, and grabbing for fast food choices. If you’re traveling to a large city, you shouldn’t have too much trouble making healthy food choices. If you’re staying in a small town or on the outskirts of a major city, use Yelp or another online tool to locate healthy food choices in your immediate area.