These healthful flying tips should come in handy for your Spring Break vacation! I have done my fair share of globetrotting. I have seen and experienced many things, and now I am getting ready to do the “mother of all trips” with my son…Disney World! I want to make sure I stay fit and energized so that I can feel good and keep up with my little man.
Let’s face it, if you can keep up with your little bundle of energy, you must be in pretty good shape already, so these tips are a nice bonus to keep things running smoothly for all of you. So let’s get started and don’t forget to leave a comment below on how you stay fit while you travel.
1. Stay Hydrated!
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight.
This will keep your skin looking fresh, your digestive system moving and keeps your joints lubricated. Try to stay away from high caffeine drinks and salty foods, instead eat plenty of vegetables and fruits before you leave for the airport.
2. Be Well Rested
Bring items to help you relax (and possibly nap) on the plane.
Small blankets – I like to wear a beautiful & overly large scarf on board that can double as a blanket. Pack a small blanket for your little one as well, after all the gods of travel might smile on you and allow you both to catch some zzz.
Neck pillow – these are really handy to have, but a rolled up sweater will also do the trick. Allow your child to bring a medium-sized stuffy on board that he can lay his head on for comfort and rest.
Headphones – Forget the in-flight movie, especially if you’re looking to get a few winks. Plug into your phone and fire up the relaxation playlist you put together a few days before the flight. Child headphones are great because the volume is limited and they fit comfortably on smaller heads. Even if they aren’t listening to music, it might help to drown out the engine noise.
Get a good night sleep the night before you leave.
Last minute packing can be uber stressful and deprive you of much needed sleep. Try to be packed and ready 24 hours prior to your flight.
Bring travel sized moisturizer with you.
Don’t forget to nourish the largest organ of your body, your skin. Pressurized, recycled air on an airplane is typically dry and will rob your skin of moisture. My favorite moisturizer is Epicuren’s lemon grass which I can also share with my son. I also recommend bringing a lip balm.
Exercise the day before you get on the plane.
Sitting for hours in a plane can leave you feeling lethargic and sore, not what we want for staying a step ahead of our little one, who is eyeing up the food tray to use as a trampoline.
Go for a long walk, bike ride, do yoga or Pilates, or turn on some tunes and do some dancing with your child. As a bonus, exercising will release chemicals in your brain to help reduce stress!
Exercise in the terminal before you board.
An airport is the perfect place to go for a quick walk and chances are you are just keeping up with the pedestrian traffic as passengers are quickly getting to their gates.
Find a flight of stairs and go up and down a few times for a great leg workout.
Find a quiet corner and do a few easy yoga poses or other stretches.
In-flight exercises for you and your little dude.
Here are a few exercises ideas you can do right from your airplane seat:
- Breathe! In-flight is a great time to do abdominal breathing exercises. Take a nice long inhale through the nose; allow your abdomen to raise then slowly exhale and repeat.
- Leg Lifts: pull your knees up and then down without touching the floor with your feet. This is great for your abs!
- Knee Circles: pull your knees up and do circles in one direction, then switch and circle in the other direction.
- Stand on Fists: make fists with your hands and place them next to you close to your knees. Push your weight forward, and then pull yourself up. Hold this position for 20 seconds.
- Get up and Walk: chances are your little one will have you getting up a few times throughout the flight to visit the bathroom. In case your kids has an iron bladder, remind yourself to take an aisle stroll at least twice.
I am excited to travel with my little dude and I wish you and your family a wonderful travel experience this month! Follow me on Instagram to see a few photos of our Disney experience.
Yours in health,