As many of you know by now I’m not just a fitness model and trainer, I’m also an airline pilot - A Captain for JetBlue Airways. I’ve been a pilot for JetBlue for almost 10 years and before that I was a Navy carrier-based pilot for ten years. In fact my primary career is being a commercial pilot, as it provides the highest standard of living and security for my family. But what this also means is that I’ve had to become quite smart about staying fit while traveling. So much so, that I’m the resident fitness advisor to our entire pilot cadre at JetBlue.
|Inside the flight deck of a JetBlue Airways Airbus 320|
Flying jets is a really cool job and the jetsetting life can be pretty exciting and even glamorous at times, but staying fit while on the road can be quite a challenge and there are actually many occupational health hazards we deal with as pilots that are far from glamorous and downright lethal, which also apply to anybody who flies a lot. Some of the more common occupational health hazards we face are caused by long-term sitting in a dry environment (inflight & hotel air-conditioned climates) and Circadian rhythm disruption (AKA jet lag issues). But with a little packing planning, some discipline and a lot of physical self-awareness it is totally possible to stay fit while traveling.