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How to Stay Healthy on a Long-Haul Flight

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | October 07, 2016

How to Stay Healthy on a Long-Haul Flight

PHOTO: It's important to stay fit in flight. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

It’s hard being stranded in a tiny seat at 36,000 feet in the air with barely room to move — and it doesn’t bode well for fitness either. 

However, the Huffington Post’s Roger Wellington has some quick tips for those looking to try and be healthy on a long-haul flight. 

His first piece of advice is to do some physical activity before the flight. 

“Want to make sure you’re well rested for the long flight?  Doing some physical activity beforehand helps you prepare to sit in your seat for hours.  Perhaps take a short run/brisk walk or hit the gym right before heading to the airport,” Wellington advises. 

Another tip is to try and sleep whenever you feel tired. 

“A healthy flight is a flight where you can actually get some rest.  It’s no surprise that most people take advantage of this opportunity to sleep, but many make the mistake of staying up the night before a flight so they could “sleep on the plane” later.  Although this tactic may actually work for some, there’s truly no guarantee that you’ll be able to get QUALITY sleep on the flight,” he says. 

Getting up to move every two to three hours is also wise, says Wellington. 

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Doing physical activity on a plane can be challenging, but there are certainly ways around it. You can walk around the plane twice every few hours to help increase blood circulation. Or head over to the standing area near the toilets and do light stretches,” he says. 

Another good tip is to drink plenty of water. 

“Oh yes, using the pantry size bathroom on a plane is a real pain, but the bright side is that it pays to stay hydrated,” Wellington says. 

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