How Cabin Crew Get to Stay Fit
Let’s admit it. Air travel can really take a toll on our bodies. Just imagine the pressurisation, dry air, travelling between time zones, lack of sleep and the stress. What more if you fly almost everyday shuttling from country to country and flying almost half the world. Yes, that is the life of a cabin crew. Add also that they have to always look good in their uniforms at all times. Cabin crew are obliged to stay fit at all times. They need to be ready to face any uncertain emergency situations, or to simply withstand the rigours of flying.
What’s the Secret to cabin crew fitness?
Exercise Before Breakfast Burns More Fat
A study has found that exercising before breakfast burns twice as much fat as exercising after breakfast.
For the study, researchers from the universities of Bath and Birmingham used 30 overweight men who said they did not exercise. The men cycled three times a week, first for 30 minutes at a time, then going up to 50 minutes by the end of six weeks.
They all ate before 8 p.m. the night before, and all had the same breakfast. Nine exercised before breakfast, 12 exercised after breakfast, and nine did no exercise.
The group that exercised before breakfast burned twice as much fat as the group that exercised after breakfast. This was because their bodies had to use stored energy, and when this was gone, their bodies used fat cells instead. Their bodies were also better able to respond to insulin, which could lower their risk of diabetes and heart disease, since insulin controls the amount of sugar in the blood.
The group that exercised after breakfast was no better able to respond to insulin than the group that did not exercise.
Dr. Javier Gonzalez of the University of Bath said the results suggest that just changing when you exercise in relation to when you eat can have a positive effect on your health and helps cabin crew fitness.
None of the groups really lost any weight, however. But the two groups that exercised got thinner waists.
Dr. Gareth Wallis of the University of Bath said that they now need to test the long-term effects of this type of exercise. They also need to use more people and see if women get the same benefits as men.