How to Stop Travel from Wreaking Havoc on your Body
We all have our amazing at home routines, but what happens when you have to travel for work. Some of us travel short distances, some long and many often. So what are some amazing things you can do to make sure you’re still performing at the top of your game, after getting off the airplane…
SHORT HAUL FLIGHTS
Short haul flights that are less than 3 hours, ok the flight is short BUT you still need to pay attention to a few key things:
- Stay hydrated – Most airlines keep the cabin at approximately 10-15% humidity which will cause dehydration. I always make sure to grab a bottle of water before I board the plane so I have lots.
- Stay away from Caffeine – This will enhance dehydration even further.
- Blue light – If you are staying overnight in a hotel, black out the blue light. Put the phone down, use the face cloths to cover any blue or red lights in the room and shut off the TV an hour before shut eye. Maybe you like to read before you go to bed, keep it similar to your at home routine, but shutting down the blue light cues the body to produce Melatonin.
LONG HAUL FLIGHTS
Long haul flights that are more than 3 hours you are going to want to have some extra tricks up your sleeve, in addition to the rules above:
- Have a sleep kit – Make sure you pack well and have a sleep kit that includes the necessities: sleep mask, earplugs, lavender essential oil and noise blocking headphones. If you are on a super long haul you may want to include some Melatonin in your kit to enhance sleep.
- Move around – I love aisle seats when travelling because it gives me the ability to get up, do some stretches (without bothering people), and get the blood moving.
- Compression socks – this is my new favourite. I don’t know about you, but when I am on a plane for more than 3 hours my legs start to swell, but compression socks make sure this doesn’t happen. If you have not tried this little trick, it is a must.
- Travel pillow – Don’t forget your travel pillow, it allows you to have a restful sleep without needing a Chiropractor as soon as you land.
- Snacks – Sometimes you might get hungry on the plane so bring some snacks. Dark chocolate, jerky, bananas, nuts, seeds; all great choices and you can usually find these inside the airport before you board!
So the next time you are getting ready to travel, think about all of the things you can pack ahead of time to make your journey a comfortable and successful one. Whether you are boarding the plane for work, or pleasure, these simple guidelines will let you arrive rested, fuelled and ready to take on what’s next!
Lisa Pitel-Killah is a Hair Mineral Analysis Expert and Educator, with a background in Functional Medicine. She is a Kettlebell World Champion, Coach and Entrepreneur; and has a passion for guiding people to maximize health, reverse debilitating symptoms and gain energy to truly recognize their full potential. Her goal is to share HTMA testing and kettlebells with the world.