Beat Jet Lag With The Help Of This Easy Workout

The biggest disadvantage to traveling between time zones is the inevitable jet lag that often ensues. Arriving at any new destination is exciting, but when internal clocks get out of whack, our bodies don't know when to stay awake and when to go to sleep. The time spent attempting to adjust to their current time zones can leave travelers feeling extremely tired and generally unwell. Travelers may also have trouble staying alert and even suffer from stomach issues. The good news, though, is that there is something you can do to lessen the effects. 

According to a study in the Journal of Physiology, exercise such as moderate treadmill workouts can help bodies beat jet lag. By re-shifting circadian rhythms — the body's 24-hour cycle of mental, physical, and behavioral changes — exercise can help travelers suffering from jet lag feel more awake, alert, and ready to explore a new destination. So pack a comfortable pair of shoes for that next long-haul flight. You'll need them when you get there.

Hop on a treadmill to beat jet lag

Treadmills are an excellent way to get aerobic exercise. Whether walking or running on the rubber belt, the Journal of Physiology defines moderate treadmill exercise as one hour of movement at 65–75% of heart rate reserve. Luckily, many hotels will have a gym with a treadmill for guests to use, but you can check before you book your room to make sure. Before breakfast — around 7 a.m. — and after lunchtime — between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. — is the most effective time of day to exercise, according to Well & Good

For travelers without access to a treadmill, don't worry! Teaming exercise with bright natural light may be even more effective. Walking or running in the great outdoors with fresh air and plenty of exciting sights to distract tired eyes can also help travelers beat jet lag. And what better way to explore a new city than getting lost in its beautiful streets?

Apart from an invigorating run or a long walk in the fresh air, travelers can also try a leisurely bike ride around town, or maybe even a short yoga session at a nearby studio. Movement is good for the body and the mind. By incorporating exercise into the first few days of any vacation in a new time zone, travelers are much more likely to adjust quickly.

Other tips to help you beat jet lag

Other than exercise, there are many things travelers can do as well to beat the effects of jet lag. The most significant action to take is to arrive early, especially if traveling for an event or meeting. Let your body adjust to the new time zone before the big day. It also helps to book a flight that arrives mid-day to early evening. This is often the best time of day to land to beat jet lag, and then you'll still have time for a stroll if you wish.

There are also things to do at home before traveling to decrease the chances of arriving in a sluggish mood. Get plenty of rest leading up to a flight. Adjust schedules at home to better acclimate to a new time zone. Try going to bed an hour earlier or waking up earlier to better match the future time zone. Drink plenty of water before departing and stay hydrated on the plane as dehydration can worsen the effects of jet lag. Avoid alcohol and caffeine in flight. And very importantly, use the plane as a chance to rest and relax. Put on an in-flight movie, let your eyelids droop, and hopefully, after drifting off for a few hours, you will feel well-rested when exiting the airplane. Jet lag is tough, but you can beat it with the right tips, including a bit of exercise!