Flying is a fantastic way of getting around and seeing the world but have you ever felt awful after a flight? The truth is that there are some fairly common health issues that you will want to avoid.

Thankfully, finding ways to stay fit and healthy while travelling by plane isn’t as difficult as you might imagine.

Avoid Jet Leg

While jet lag isn’t a major health issue, it can be horribly disorienting to feel like this. This is a common issue for people making long haul flights across time zones and it can take several days to get over it.

To stop this ruining the first part of your trip, it makes sense to try and limit the amount of jet lag that you are affected by. Tips for this include setting your watch to the destination time zone when leaving home and avoiding exposure to strong light on the journey, while recent scientific discoveries could soon mean that jet lag medication is available to use as well.

The exact route you take will make a difference to your chances of getting jet lag too. For instance, it is more common for this to be a problem when flying to the East, so you need to take more precautions in this case.

Exercises and DVT Issues

One of the main health worries for long distance fliers is DVT (deep vein thrombosis). This is a serious condition in which a blood clot develops in the person’s body and it can have terrible consequences.

DVT from flying isn’t a common as you might think, but there are still some tips to help you cut down the chances of it affecting you. These include doing some exercises, wearing loose clothing and drinking a lot of water during the flight.

If you are flying away on an adventurous holiday in Africa with a highly reputable airline such as South African Airways or Safair then you can expect to have the legroom you need for some exercises. Otherwise, you might want to get up and walk around the cabin as often as you can.  

Illnesses from Fellow Passengers

Do you worry about getting ill from being in close contact with your fellow passengers for so long? After all, you might end up sitting next to someone with a bad cold, flu or some other condition.

Some recent research on the subject suggests that the main problems are the dry air and the limited amount of air circulation space in planes. Among the possible solutions that have been suggested are staying well hydrated and keeping your nose moist with a nasal solution.

Of course, if you sit next to someone who starts coughing and sneezing a lot you may decide to ask the flight attendants if you can move to a different seat. Even if you don’t see any noticeable signs of illness around you, it is still a good idea to wipe down the tray and arm rests with disinfectant wipes. 

General Tiredness and Feeling Bad

While most of us get to our destination without any major health problems, there is a risk that you simply feel tired, listless and rather drained after the flight. However, there are some smart ways to avoid this happening to you.

For a start, you should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or eating a heavy meal just before take-off. Also, try to turn up at the airport relaxed and refreshed by getting a good night’s sleep or midday nap before you travel.

You should then try your best to relax and grab some sleep while you are in the air. Even if you can’t get to sleep, just closing your eyes for a while can help you to arrive feeling as good as possible.

Staying healthy while flying is as much about common sense as anything else. If you take a few sensible precautions then you should arrive feeling fantastic and ready to enjoy the rest of your trip.

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