Exercise with Thomson Airways

The British airline Thomson Airways has launched a new guide to help holidaymakers step off a long haul flight feeling fresh and fighting fit, instead of fed up and fatigued.

The Good Flight Guide is packed with advice from experts in their field, including fitness, health and beauty, and aims to show how simple changes to an in-flight routine can help ensure the holiday starts as soon as the plane takes off.

The guide has been produced as part of the countdown to the eagerly awaited first commercial flight of the revolutionary new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, hailed as one of the greatest developments in aviation in recent times. Thomson Airways, the UK’s third largest airline and part of TUI Travel PLC, will be the first UK airline to fly the Dreamliner in 2012. If it is delivered on time, that is, as Boening has recently announced more delays in delivery of the aircraft.

New research into flying habits was commissioned by Thomson Airways and it reveals that many problems faced by long haul air passengers are avoidable and of their own doing.

Most worryingly, over 70% of long haul passengers either do little or no exercise during their flight, with fewer than a third (30%) following the recommended advice that people should walk around and stretch their muscles frequently.

It is probably a good idea to walk around an airplane during long flights, except that if there is a service occurring you can’t get past the trolley, and if you sit in the middle or window seats you neighbours will get upset if you try to leave your seat too often as it inconveniences them.
Of course, if airlines didn’t place the seats so close together that you need a shoehorn to fit into your seat you may not have the need to move around so often.

Equally shocking, 41% of those surveyed admitted to only drinking a little water while on board, with a further 7% confessing to drinking none at all and risking dehydration. While calorie intake surprisingly increases two-fold, water intake in the air drops by half compared to our day-to-day habits on land.

Furthermore, 64% of passengers who reach their final destination at night say they either struggle to fall asleep or take far longer than usual. Whilst 32% of passengers complain that they suffer from a stuffy nose during long haul flights, 15% from dry skin and 14% from chapped lips, all of which can be caused by cabin air pressure.

Covering pre-flight preparation, the flight itself and post touchdown tips, the guide offers five top tips to help make sure people can start enjoying their holidays as soon as they arrive at their resort:

Plan ahead: set your mind and watch to the time at your destination as soon as you’re on board and either try to stay awake or get some sleep en route.

Stay moisturised: drink plenty of water in the days before your flight and take your favourite skincare products on board with you in travel-sized containers.

Eat and drink smartly: fresh fruit, unsalted nuts and fruit juices are better than alcohol, caffeine and salty or sugary foods, both before your flight and once you’re airborne.

Stay in shape: a short pre-flight work-out will give your circulation a boost and once onboard a series of back, leg and neck exercises will help.

Chill out: it’s important to be comfortable on a flight by wearing loose fitting clothes, and remember to pack a pair of warm socks too.

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