By Anja van den Berg
While travelling to new destinations is exciting, regular travel can take its toll on your body – especially if you fly frequently for business.
If regular travel is on the cards for you in 2020, here are five tips on how to prioritise your wellness:
- Monitor your sitting.
It goes without saying that when you are strapped into your seat on the plane, you have no choice but to remain seated for safety reasons. However, it’s essential to be aware of the adverse effects of all that sitting during multiple voyages. An ever-expanding body of scientific evidence shows that prolonged sitting can be harmful. Try to hit the gym before a long flight. Stand whenever possible, whether this means getting up and stretching during the trip or using a standing desk in the airport lounges to get some work done.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
It’s tough to drink as much water on a long haul flight as you would in a typical day, especially when you can’t bring liquids on the plane due to security reasons. However, it’s vital that you hydrate as the airconditioned cabin as well as the altitude will dehydrate you. Ask the air hostess or host for an extra bottle of water so you can have one as soon as you wake up. Also, go easy on the alcohol and caffeine, as these are instant dehydrators.
- Consume foods with probiotics.
Probiotics are healthy forms of bacteria that we all have naturally within our bodies. Each of us has billions of these healthy bacteria, with most of them contained in our gut. It’s advantageous for frequent travellers to consume probiotic supplements to keep our natural stock high, as travelling frequently can wear down our immune systems. A large portion of our immune-health is attributed to our digestive tract.
- Look inwards.
Take care of your mental health while you’re away from home and loved ones. With your support system far away, the stress of travel can be compounded by demanding work situations during your trip. Take time to switch off the endless stream of movies in your in-flight entertainment centre and listen to some soothing music or practise some meditation. Invest in a very comfortable travel pillow to get as much sleep as possible.
If you have the ability, choose a good airline. The latest aircraft have some incredible innovations on board, which have been explicitly designed to promote wellness. New air management systems mean that cabin air is renewed every two to three minutes at the optimum temperature, providing you with 20% more fresh air. At the same time, LED ambient mood lighting simulates natural sunrise and sunset, helping reduce the effects of jetlag.
East Coast Radio: https://www.ecr.co.za/lifestyle/family/travelling-2020-top-5-wellness-tips-frequent-flyers/
Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/7-healthy-travel-tips-tha_b_9437758