Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Avoiding Jet Lag

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Avoiding Jet Lag

Article excerpt

Ideally, you should come back from a vacation feeling refreshed, even invigorated, but no matter how long you lollygag poolside with cucumber-covered eyes, one thing can get in the way of your best-laid plans: the ugly specter known as jet lag. According to NASA, you need one day to regain normal rhythm and energy levels for every one-hour time zone crossed. So a seven-hour time difference means it will take seven days for you to feel normal again. Most of us can't afford a day of disorientation, let alone seven, so learn how to lessen the lag.

1 Lay off the booze and coffee and drink water and fruit juices while in flight. (Let's be honest, muddy airplane coffee is never magically replaced with mouthwatering Folgers Crystals.)

2 Be creative with your onboard exercises: instead of just flipping your fingers through a bad airline magazine, rotate your ankles, flex your buttocks while seated, or even power walk through the aisles as an excuse for visiting that cute guy or gal sitting in seat 31A. …

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