01926 436303 gp@tfjprivategp.co.uk

If you’re a frequent flyer or commuter then you will understand how exhausting and unwell it can make you feel.

The majority of us travel every day, whether for work or leisure, on a train or plane, or by walking or cycling. Although we all take different modes of transport, there’s no denying that it is easy to become ill due to fatigue and lingering germs.

Now we’re well into the winter season, it’s the most important time to start caring for your body when travelling. Whether you are commuting to work or travelling abroad, it’s worth considering the following simple steps:

· Walk as much as you can, especially if you work in an office and spend the majority of your time sat down. This can also tie in with a consistent exercise routine to help your body. Stay in a hotel with a gym or join a local sports club or gym near your workplace to ensure you are exercising enough

· Ensuring you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is key. The vitamins found in your five-a-day build up your immune system meaning your body can fight back against germs. Eating home-cooked meals is also a better way to ensure you receive these vital nutrients and vitamins, so try cooking a meal in bulk and taking it with you on your travels

· Cutting back on sweets and alcohol and opting for water and healthy snacks is the best way to keep hydrated and energised throughout the day. We recommend carrying a reusable water bottle with you at all times

· Be hygienic. After using the toilet, shopping or eating, always wash your hands with soap or hand sanitiser

· The last factor is the most crucial one as people do not associate it with germs, but sleep can cure so much. Not only does it prevent tiredness but it gives your body a rest from all the stresses and strains of an average day

If you want to speak to a doctor about any health issues, you can make an appointment by calling TFJ Private GP Services on 01926 436303.

Dr Jeff Foster