5 hacks to staying healthy whist flying

Effective and easy tips to keep your body healthy and happy whilst traveling on long haul flights 


Staying healthy when you fly starts with being well prepared. Here are 5 secrets I live by from frequently flying.

Tip number 1 – Prep your body :

In the run up to a long haul flight you should prep your body ready for before and then during the flight. 

Take multivitamins and a probiotics in the days leading up to your trip and for the duration of your time away from home. Airplanes are essentially massive microbe parties with wings, so it’s essential to keep your immune system strong. Make sure to drink plenty of lemon water and pack a lemon in your bag and squeeze into some water for an easy vitamin C boost on board.

To avoid bloating and excess water retention drink plenty of lemon water, avoid high salt (sodium foods), processed foods of any sort, fizzy drinks and take a probiotic leading up to your trip and during it.

Drink activated charcoal just before and then again after your flight. This helps to both bind to toxins and remove them from the body.

Tip number 2 – Sweat it out and stretch:

When you’re in the midst of jet lag, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. However, a workout may actually help reset your body clock while reducing the symptoms of jet lag. Studies have shown that outdoor exercise can help re-synchronize your body and that there are three important times when exercise can help you the most.

Working out before your flight :- While you’re still fresh and full of energy, try a higher intensity workout before your flight to burn some calories and get rid of any travel stress & anxiety.  Its important to get the blood flowing round your body and avoid stiffening up & swelling during the flight. Stick to cardio and body weight workouts before with a nice roll out and stretch session afterwards. Try this stretch session below when you get to your destination.

For example if your flight is in the afternoon/evening do a work out first thing that morning. If it is a morning flight do it the night before.

During the flight :

It’s tough to move in such a small space, but any movement will keep your blood flowing and help you feel a little less cramped and tight. Get up and walk around if you can. Try isometric exercises. Squeeze your glutes, contract your abs or do leg extensions if you have the leg room. Quick in-flight workout:

  • 20 leg extensions – both legs at the same time
  • 20 glute squeezes
  • 10 shoulder rolls forward and back
  • Neck stretch – hold for 30 seconds
  • Twisted shoulder stretch – hold for 30 seconds
  • Seated hip stretch – hold for 30 seconds on each side.
  • Get up and walk a lap and stop by the emergency exit where you have a bit more space
  • 20 calf raises
  • 10 squats 
  • pec stretch each side
  • quad stretch 
  • standing calf hamstring stretch 

Depending on how long the flight is do this routine 2/3 times. 

I would also highly recommend compression socks during a long haul flight and these are the best ones I have come across to date. I have had zero swelling to calf pain even at 7 months pregnant. These socks help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling, or worse, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and clotting on a long flight. 


After the flight : You may find that your worst jet lag symptoms happen 2 or 3 days after you arrive. To help combat that, try to exercise the day you get there, even if it’s a short walk or a few exercises in your hotel room
(try my hotel room workout). Your best post-flight workout is a 20 or 30-minute. When you land if you have the whole day ahead of you taking a 2hour nap first and then get up and move your body straight away for 30 mins. If you land at night then go for an evening stroll and light stretch, and then the next morning you can do a longer workout to help run the flight out of your system.

Tip number 3 – Food prep :

Bring your own food on board. Flight food is packed with added salts, sugars and heavy on additives and preservatives and light on taste. This can really upset your gut health.

To up your odds of a healthy travel experience, your best bet is to pack plenty of clean whole food snacks or a homemade meal in a Tupperware.  It is even more important for people who have special dietary requirements because at least then you know you won’t have to grab anything that might upset your stomach. See below some ideas and what I took on board for my latest trip from NYC-LONDON (7hour flight time, 5 hour time difference).

Homemade Rawnola energy balls (Recipe coming soon)

 

Falafel Siete wraps great meal to make and take on board!All homemade recipe for falafels here with Siete foods grain less wrap.

 

  • Fresh berries 

 

 

 

  • Homemade salad and you can either mix in your dressing pre flight or ask for some black pepper and olive oil on board. Or find a dressing of your choice at the airport before take off.

  • In some terminals (Terminal 4 JFK) they have juice bars but make sure they are freshly made with real fruit and veg and not packed with added sugars.

Try to eat at similar times during the day this seriously helps with jet lag as your body then is already in the new time zones routine .

Tip number 4 – Detox the body :

Take an Epsom salt bath when you reach your destination (or home). This bath is great for removing a lot of toxins . Epsom salts help pull a variety of toxins from the body while replenishing magnesium levels. It is great for helping with water retention and swelling.

Tip number 5 – Stay hydrated on board :

Perhaps the most obvious thing you should do is maintain your body’s level of water. You don’t need to drink several litres of water in one sitting or anything that extreme! The general rule is to drink little and often.

Before you even step on board a plane, you should carry a large bottle of water with you. Sure, you can ask for water from the flight attendants. But, it’s more convenient to have your own supply for the duration of your flight.

Avoid caffeine & alcoholic beverages on board. Examples include caffeinated tea, coffee, fizzy pop and alcohol. When you’re on a long haul flight, it’s important to avoid such beverages. Water might sound like a boring drink to you. But, it will help keep you feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Carry fennel, ginger & lemon and peppermint tea bags with you and then just ask for boiled water on board to add the tea bag too. Not only is this less boring to mix up the water but it will also help with stomach bloating, gas and any other discomforts.

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Roxy

Hey, I’m Roxy!I am a ex professional tennis player and now a personal trainer and fitness blogger. I love to write about fitness, healthy eating and living an active lifestyle. I made this brand and platform to inspire and motivate others to be the best versions of themselves! No need to follow any trends, its all about finding the right healthy lifestyle for you.

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