I just landed in Thailand. My hotel is beautiful, just like the pictures, only there is a dirty big powerline slight obscuring my otherwise serene 180 views of Kamala Beach.
(Haha :) If it weren’t for the intricacies of the millions of wires intertwined, I would be annoyed, but it really does bring you back to earth (no pun intended) on how lucky we are in Australia to have OCD three line power poles, and a government who enforces safety standards)
As an active person, having to sit in a plane chair for 8 hours plus some makes my body feel agitated at the thought. I would possibly sit for 2-3 hours during the day, making 8 hours sound like a hard ad tedious task. However, you have to get through the bad to get to the good right! And Thailand is definitely good…
After a rather longer than first expected flight, 8hours 30mins counted, and some 4 hours time difference (putting this bed by 9pm nana into a spin being awake until 2pm, but really only 10pm TL time argh!) I actually pulled up from that flight feeling ok, other than a bit tired. And what I put this down to is being prepared to fly.
Wanting to enjoy every moment on my holiday my thoughts of preparation were aimed at ensuring I felt good during the flight, and also after I had broken outside of the international departure doors into the warmth of Phuket.
Here are the small yet very important things that I did, which you can too, to prevent or lessen the ill effects of flying…
Ensure you are hydrated BEFORE you jump onto the plane. This means drinking at least 2-3 litres of water prior to getting to the airport. This will ensure that you have adequately drank enough water for normal activity, and also save you from visiting the aeroplane bathroom too frequently! Remember because of the cabin air and altitude pressure you will require a little more water. So once at the airport and on the plane carry a bottle and sip it regularly. (And also no one likes an aeroplane bathroom! Avoid the frequent trips and get your hydration sorted early and just top up during the flight)
The food available on your flight is generally not the most calorie dense or nutritious food. Its generally carb heavy, salted and possibly quite high fat, and lots of calories, mainly due to the preservation needed to keep the food standards. Remember you are sitting down! You are going to have a low activity day especially if you are on a long flight.
In most airports you can take whatever food you like on the plane, as long as it isn’t liquid based. My favourite snacks to bring from home are portioned nut and seed mixes, coconut chips, blueberries, bananas, bags of cut up veggies, maybe a little dark chocolate (ok yes to the choc!), homemade muffins, homemade wraps, popcorn, protein bars.
I also make sure I eat before I get to the airport. That way I am not starving and before you know it lining up in hungry jacks ordering fries and burgers which you haven’t even dreamt of eating since… ever!
Oh, and it will also save you money! (Never will you buy a more expensive boring sandwich than in an airport!)
Go to the gym or do some exercise the day of flying, whether it be getting up early and walking for half an hour, or fitting in some type of workout once you have landed and settled into your accommodation. Ensuring you still move on the day of travel will help offset all the sitting around and lack of movement. Also, fresh oxygen and blood to your brain and working muscles helps you to feel more relaxed with increased happy hormones and reduce things like jet lag and other travelling side effects such as joint swelling.
Try to get up out of your seat every hour or two. Try booking an aisle seat if possible. (but even if you make the person next to you get up, really you are doing them a favour!) Stretch your neck, arms, legs and ankles. A little movement is better than none.
So pack your bags, (and pack your food) an come holiday with me!
(Next fitness retreat will be held in Bali in August 2018 – not to be missed!)