stay fit and healthy on the road

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - LIFESTYLE -

12For many peo­ple, trav­el­ling the globe in planes, trains and au­to­mo­biles is part of their job de­scrip­tion. It’s im­per­a­tive to have a travel strat­egy in place, other­wise fa­tigue and, at the very ex­treme, burnout can be the re­sult. Get qual­ity sleep and re­cov­ery time. Get a good seven to eight hours' sleep each night you are on the road and take time out to en­gage in reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that help you re­lax. Re­duce am­bi­ent noise. Buy a pair of nois­ere­duc­ing head­phones to drown out the noise of the en­gines and lose your­self in a movie or by lis­ten­ing to your favourite mu­sic.

3Eat small, healthy meals. Just be­cause the busi­ness lounge menu has deep-fried fish and chips doesn’t mean you have to tuck in. Stay hy­drated. Cabin pres­sure and air­con­di­tion­ing draw even more wa­ter out of your body than nor­mal, so as a gen­eral rule drink 500ml of wa­ter ev­ery 60 to 90 min­utes when fly­ing. Re­duce al­co­hol in­take. Cut back on al­co­hol when you fly. More than one or two glasses of wine will in­ter­rupt your sleep pat­terns and make you feel tired when you land. Get phys­i­cal. Ex­er­cise helps fight jet lag and boosts your en­ergy and con­cen­tra­tion.

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