Frequent flyer? How to travel “light” and accumulate the right miles

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I travel A LOT, so I know that eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult while on the road. This is why frequent flyers are at a high risk for weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Unfamiliar environments and differing time zones usually mean inconsistent eating habits and inadequate sleep. What do I do to tackle these two issues?

I always plan ahead when traveling. My meals are always planned and prepared before travel. I travel with my oatmeal, and keep my meals very consistent. Sleeping cycles are the hardest to keep consistent. I take melatonin to help me sleep, but exercise is the biggest help to get me back on track. It not only helps me sleep but it also keeps my mind and body active during a stress-prone trip. I usually check with hotels to see if they have a gym I can use, or I find the nearest gym wherever I stay.

Airlines and hotels are fine-tuning existing accommodations and adding new ones to cater to the needs of today’s traveler. Most hotels look to provide more convenience and comfort by boosting easy access to advanced technology, eg., exercise videos with virtual fitness instructors in gyms. Providing easy access to gyms is definitely a plus in a hotel!

If you plan ahead to keep your eating habits consistent, and get regular exercise while on road, you should have a healthy and stress-free trip! How do you stay on track while traveling? What are the biggest issues for you? Please share 🙂

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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