5 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy When Flying

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5 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy When Flying

Summer vacation season is almost here, which can mean long flights and no access to your favorite workout equipment.

Even if your final destination is fitness-related, you probably want to stay as fit and healthy as possible during your flight. Here are 5 ways to do just that.

#1: Get to the airport early and get some exercise in

That last-minute rush to make your flight only brings stress, so plan ahead the best you can.

Get to the airport with plenty of time to spare, and then turn it into your own personal gym. But how? Here are some suggestions:

  • Terminal laps: Get your blood pumping by taking some power walks around the terminal.
  • Take the stairs: When possible, skip the escalators along with the moving walkways and burn some extra calories.

#2: Eat as well as you can and hydrate

Planning ahead also means preparing your snacks and meals for your time at the airport and on the flight.

This Livestrong article has some excellent suggestions when it comes to snacks to bring with you -- raw nuts, fruit, protein powder, etc. At most airports, forgetting your own snacks will lead you down the road of having to buy high-in-sugar energy bars or candy. If you're curious as to what foods are allowed past security, just check the TSA website.

Just as important is staying hydrated. But do your best to stick with water and avoid alcohol, coffee and soda -- they may energize but they'll leave you feeling dehydrated after a long flight.

#3: Tap your feet

You've likely heard about the risk of travelers developing leg clots on long flights.

So how can you avoid deep vein thrombosis during long periods of sitting in a cramped space? It might be easier than you think. Just tapping your feet will help by creating movement in your shins and thighs. Furthermore, anytime you need to get up and use the restroom provides excellent relief for your legs and the rest of your body.

#4: Include medicine in your carry-on(s)

Just in case something goes wrong -- whether it be a medical emergency or lost luggage -- be sure you have your prescription medications with you.

Include instructions so others can help if needed. And think about including non-prescription medicine in your carry-on so you're not caught off-guard if an illness arises during a full day of traveling.

#5: Buy your own pillow, bring hand sanitizer

Avoid germs by passing on blankets and pillows offered by airlines.

If you need a pillow for the trip, bring your own or buy one in your terminal. You can also bring hand sanitizer through security as long as the container is 3.4 ounces or less. Use it every so often to help prevent yourself from catching anything -- microbiology professor Charles Gerba says things like tray tables are rarely disinfected and that he's found the norovirus, influenza virus and MRSA on them.

While flying can be be a hotspot for slacking on your fitness plans, these tips will help you stay healthy during your travels.

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