Stress and fatigue are some of the most common health issues affecting pilots and influencing air safety. At 12,500 – 50,000 feet above sea level, many factors lead to fatigue and degenerative changes affecting two of your body’s maintenance systems – Circulatory and Respiratory. Solid foundational health is key to having health resiliency and maintaining professional longevity.
Keeping aircraft systems, components, and equipment in top working order requires physical and mental sharpness and stamina. Most in the maintainer arena are already physically active yet probably could use information about injury avoidance and how to stay mentally solid. Some of the most common health stressors are the result of: Repetitive movements and tasks
Demanding schedules combined with numerous physiological stressors increase degenerative effects of flight crew members in Air Medical Transport. The focus here is mainly on those in rotary flight - at Sea level to 12,500 feet and how to decrease degenerative effects through simple daily habits.
By using the Five Ps model, it will be easier to check in to see how you’re doing on a daily basis. Good health comes from aggregated steps over time, just like sound investments gain dividends with the right contributions.
My theme for 2021 is “Deepening Relationships” and my Consulting and Seminars are focused on bringing Wheels Up Wellness™ to Aviation businesses. This work concentrates on reducing the damaging effects of physical and mental stressors from work-related flying.
I invite you to create a theme for your New Year and have some fun with it. You will generate inner changes, so strive to stay balanced and be gentle with yourself as emotions and thoughts surface.
The Holidays are always a time for increased gratitude and I am immensely thankful for all of you. After months of changes in how we spend time with one another and move through daily life, 2021 stands before us, a beacon of light and hope.
Even with COVID-19, some of us will be traveling during this time of year. Here are some easy steps to stay healthier and feel better when you arrive at your final destination, even if it’s your sofa.
Perhaps you’ve gotten bored with your exercise routine over the summer. This is an ideal time to try a new class or find a different walking partner. Our bodies like variety and physical change-up.
We have an abundance of late Summer and early Fall produce at this time of year in Farmer’s markets, grocery stores and health food markets. I like to encourage people to eat seasonally. By that, I mean try to eat what’s grown in this country and your state right now.