A Few Words for Those Looking to Stay Healthy While Traveling
Anyone who flies a lot will tell you that air travel takes its toll on the body, and they're right. Experts say that a commercial airliner's fuselage possesses a cabin air pressure equivalent to an altitude of 5,000 to 8,000 ft. Just by hopping on a plane, in a way, is like spending time in Idaho Springs, Georgetown, or Vail. Now, that's not particularly hard for us Coloradans, but for flatlanders, it can help explain why they're so exhausted by air travel. Then there are the germs, the constricted spaces, and the stress of it all. The good news is, though, we've got some tips to help.
If you suffer from vein or vascular disease, it's important to move around and wear compression socks
If you've ever had a history of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, cancer, stroke, heart disease, recent surgery in the pelvis or legs, obesity, pregnancy, or hormone therapy, you should consult your doctor before flying – especially if your flight is eight hours or longer. Not only are you at risk of suffering a blood clot, but DVT or swelling could hinder your beach time. So we recommend getting up every once in a while, tapping your feet to contract your calves, and visiting American Vein & Vascular Institute for an evaluation and to be fitted for compression socks. Not surprisingly, they come in different sizes and levels of constrictive pressure, and you want to be sure you get what's right for you.
Be well-rested, well-hydrated, and sanitize your area
If possible, fly when you're well-rested so that your immune system is firing on all cylinders. Remember, your body is already working a little extra harder than normal. Airplanes transport people from all over the country, and all over the world, meaning it also transports their bacteria. It's just a part of flying, but a quick wipe down of the armrests, the fold-down tray, and other 'touch points' with a sanitary wipe can provide a more sanitary experience.
Don't forget to hydrate your skin
If you're the type that's sensitive to dry skin, Airplanes are kept anywhere between 0-25 percent humidity so plan accordingly. Airplanes are uncomfortable enough, you might as well help what you can actually control.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips you'd like to add? If so, let us know in the comments below!