Staying Fit While Traveling
Apart from portraying George Clooney in the best way possible, the 2009 Up in the Air also explores the lives of people who travel literally all the time. Some of the problems a frequent flyer experiences is what to eat and how to stay fit while in the air. When confined to the world of hotels, airports and planes, there is little you can do regarding your weight – or is there?
Occupational Hazards and Health Issues
The biggest problem most frequent flyers have is the fact that they are not flying for fun or because they love travelling so much, but because of their jobs. Business people, destination wedding planners, retail buyers and obsessive flyers are just some of the people who constantly fly all around the world – not to mention pilots and flight attendants whose jobs are extremely stressful and complicated. So, what health issues can these vocations trigger?
First of all, this lifestyle will definitely affect your heart, sooner or later, as a 2007 study shows, and, if you already suffer from a heart condition, one of your flights might even cause a heart attack. Moreover, since you do not have time for regular and healthy meals, nor for a proper workout, you should watch your weight and try to control it. Finally, there are some diseases that are especially harmful to frequent flyers – from jet lag and the flu to deep vein thrombosis, back, neck and chest pains.
There is very little people restricted to airports can do regarding their fast food-based diet. They do not know where their next meal is coming from or when they will be able to eat a soup or a home-cooked dinner. That is why you have to improvise and think way ahead – when at home, prepare enough healthy snacks for your flights in advance and always have a portable snack or two in your carry-on luggage. While bananas and apples might not be 100% fresh after they have been traveling for eight hours, they are still healthier than an in-flight chocolate bar.
Another important thing is not to eat just because you are stressed out or feeling down while waiting for a flight. Studies have shown that boredom is a frequent cause of hunger, but instead of feeding you, it just makes you overweight. So, in order to prevent it, always have your books, magazines or Kindle with you and do not let airport boredom or depression make you eat.
Again, being in the air all the time leaves little room for exercises because you are always tired and the jet lag is killing your mood. Nonetheless, what you can do is exercise that jet lag away: many hotels have gyms, pools and saunas, so this is something you should definitely look into. Moreover, some even offer a personal fitness trainer who can recommend a proper set of exercises and inspire you to make the best of your time.
Having a bullet-proof workout strategy is a must if you want to stay fit and you should spend at least half an hour a day on a treadmill or lifting weights. If you do not have enough time, make sure you squeeze a quick jog before your next flight or do yoga in your airplane seat.
The Issues and Benefits
Frequent flyers who only fly, eat fast food and sleep often experience serious health issues. Therefore, try to eat properly and exercise as much as possible – if George Clooney can do it, so can you!