Sitting for several hours and being fed constantly on long-haul flights along with crossing several time zones are not ideal for optimum health. Here are some tips on how to manage and mitigate the effects of being sedentary and overly satiated.
- Get plenty of rest before your flight.
- Eat light on travel day for long-haul flights or long-distance bus, train and car rides.
- Drink lots of water during your flight/ride and avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
- Stretch or workout before and after trip. Keep mildly active while in-flight to ensure good blood circulation.
- Wear comfy clothing that allows freedom of movement.
You will probably arrive at your destination sleep deprived. Some of the benefits of sleep are rest, repair and hormone production. These processes are disrupted during travel so your body can use some help adjusting when out of its normal routine.
- Plan light activity for the first day or two of your trip.
- Immediately follow the time at your destination; get lots of sunlight and fresh air during the day and sleep when it’s night.
- Eat quality food and avoid processed/refined.
- Consume whole grains, steamed rice, cooked vegetables, quality proteins, baked rather than fried foods and fruits you can peel (oranges, bananas).
- Indulge sensibly (preferably after a few days of having acclimatized to a new environment and routine).
- Support digestion with the use of ginger, peppermint, lemon water, enzymes and probiotics.