17 Tricks to Make Your Next Flight Healthier
Stale air, hours of sitting, and close contact with other passengers mean plane rides can take a toll on your body. Here’s how to keep healthy in the air.
Book an early flight
Pick the first flight of the day if your schedule allows. It’s most likely to be on time, meaning you won’t end up with the stress of long delays. Plus, it is the most likely to have been freshly cleaned. Don’t make these annoying airport mistakes next time you fly.
Pick the right seat
You can only book the exit row seat once you’re at the airport, so arrive two hours early to request the seat change. In case the exit row is already taken, pick an aisle seat when you buy your tickets so you can get up as often as you want without bothering your neighbor. While waiting for your flight, use the extra time to power walk around the airport and get some exercise in. These little travel mistakes add extra stress to your vacation.
Boost your immune system before you leave
Sitting in stale air with hundreds of other passengers leaves your body notoriously vulnerable to the germs floating around. This is how traveling on a plane can affect your body.
Chamomile tea relaxes you and helps you fall asleep faster, especially if you’re nervous. Tuck a few tea bags in your carry-on, then ask an airline attendant for hot water to steep it in. Check out these facts about flying to help you stay calm next time you’re on a plane.
Stick with water
Alcohol and caffeine can slightly dehydrate you, which is the last thing you need when you’re stuck in the dry air of a plane. Sip water or herbal tea instead. Here are beauty tricks to prevent dry skin on an airplane.
Stretch your body hourly
Make sure to get up at least once an hour to stretch out your muscles, which can help prevent DVT and blood clots. In the aisle, do a reverse lunge, digging into the floor with your back heel. While you’re up, twist your waist gently left and right to stretch out your torso. When you sit back down, lift one arm over your head, then bend your elbow so you can rest your palm against your shoulder blade. Gently pull the stretch deeper with your other hand to stretch your arms, shoulders, and upper back.
Do frequent mini stretches
Boost your blood flow and prevent stiffness by performing simple stretches every 30 minutes. To stretch your neck, try dropping your chin to your chest, then shaking your head yes and no. Stretch out your calves in your seat by leaving your heels on the floor while you point your toes up as far as possible, holding for a count of three. Then, one foot at a time, make small circles in the air with your feet. Between stretches, check out these tips for falling asleep on a plane.
Pack healthy snacks
Even if your flight is supposed to be short, be prepared with a few healthy snacks. Delays and the boredom of waiting could make you hungry and irritable, and it’s better to have your own granola bar on hand than to shell out for an overpriced bag of chips in the terminal.
Keep your ears from popping
During takeoff and landing, avoid discomfort by equalizing the pressure in your middle ear. Try chewing gum, yawning widely, or swallowing forcefully. Don’t miss these secrets your flight attendant won’t tell you.