I’ve received a lot of questions lately pertaining to my health and fitness regime, but the truth is I don’t really have one! Here are 5 healthy habits I choose to follow instead and recommend to other Cabin Crew:
- Drink plenty of water: You hear this all the time, but it’s true! It’s commonly recommended to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day. Doing so helps to maximize your physical performance, improves the appearance of your skin, helps to maintain the balance of your bodily fluids, aids kidney function and energizes your muscles among other things. I have a hard time keeping track, but I tend to drink at least one bottle a day. This is important for Cabin Crew because high altitudes dramatically decrease the amount of water in our bodies. We need to ensure that we are staying hydrated to perform our best in the skies!
- Rest on your off days: Maintaining proper sleeping habits is an essential part of our job. Unfortunately, it’s the one thing we have the least control over. As Cabin Crew, our schedules are constantly changing along with the time zones we are in. When we do get time at home, it’s important that we try to get the most rest we possibly can before our next flight. We do go out and socialize, but in my case I use a lot of my off days to recuperate.
- Exercise when you can: Getting myself to the gym everyday can be a hassle, but I do my best to try and run for an hour on the treadmill whenever I can. When I’m at outstations, I always try to walk where I need to be if I can’t make it to the gym. It’s important to exercise as Cabin Crew largely because of the nature of our work (decreased levels of sleep, exposure to germs and long periods of stress).
- Don’t overindulge on “junk food”: I LOVE pizza, but I can only eat it in moderation. I’m not a huge fan of healthy foods too, so as you can imagine the struggle is real. When it comes to eating onboard, Cabin Crew are often supplied with various meal choices- but they aren’t always the healthiest. To get away from consuming unnecessary calories, I try to pack my own snacks. Greek salad and yogurt mixed with berries are two of my favourite things to eat right now. Just make sure if you do pack your own food that you dispose of it before entering a foreign country. Some governments have restrictions on what you can bring in!
- Enjoy time to yourself: There are many benefits to spending time alone. While some may argue that the job is lonely enough as it is, when we are not with other people we tend to be on our phones or computers as a result of our pro-social world. It is important for us to step away from all of this and really get to know ourselves. Solitude has several benefits including improved concentration and increased productivity. Learn to unplug and give yourself time to unwind once a week like I do!
Everyone is different, these 5 healthy habits just happen to be what works for me. Feel free to share any tips you have in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.