Many of my clients spend a lot of time travelling for their work. I honestly don’t know how they do it. Having flown over 40,000km recently for my honeymoon, the toll physically and mentally was very telling.
So how did I keep healthy while on holiday and balance the impact of flying?
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1. I “explored” every morning
I know when I travel I won’t always have access to a gym. To be honest, I quite like it gives me an excuse to focus on my recovery and regeneration. But that doesn’t mean my holiday can’t be healthy. My favourite way to do this is to go for a 60-minute walk every morning. Sometimes this walk turns into a hike, like we did in Mount Meru in Tanzania, where we covered 20km up mountainous terrain. Not only do I like it for physical reasoning, but I find it is the best way to really explore a new destination and meet locals, experience uniue sights and smells off the beaten track. Want to be revitalised? Get outdoors. Nothing beats exercising in the great outdoors with the fresh air, open spaces and warm sunshine.
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2. I organised a massage
Every body carries stress in different ways. Studies have found that a single 45-minute massage can lead to a reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, plus a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells, which fight infection. Another study found that even a 10-minute massage reduced proteins associated with inflammation in muscles that had been exercised to exhaustion, speeding up the recovery of athletes. Everyone has different needs so be to find someone whose style suits you. You want to feel loose, refreshed and relaxed after your massage not like you have just gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. I prefer a deep tissue style of massage where my wife prefers the Swedish aromatherapy type of massage.
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3. I used water therapy
For centuries, water has been used as a therapy for improving psychological and physical disorders. According to Hippocrates, water therapy “allays lassitude”, meaning it releases physical or mental weakness. When humans take a cold swim (once over the initial shock of the cold) it is usually very invigorating. This is because wet and cold causes our surface vessels to vasoconstrict (tighten up) making blood move from the surface of your body to the core, as a means to conserve heat. Not only does it conserve heat, it also reflexively bathes the brain and vital organs in fresh blood. This movement will bring nutrition, oxygen and also help gently detoxify the area. When on healthy holiday I try to swim everyday where possible.