If there is a downside to being a flight attendant, it’s probably the fact that we don’t really get a lot of exercise. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. Walking up and down the aisles of an aircraft, helping people stow bags in the overhead lockers, and pushing the food and drink trolley while serving passengers seems to be a lot of exercise. But what I am talking about is something a little more aerobic or lifting weights, swimming, getting the whole body doing something. It’s not easy when your body clock is totally out of sync with the day.
You also need to think about dietary supplements, energy drinks/electrolyte drinks (like these ones from Magnak which also help with leg cramps) or even shakes because you tend to do a lot of snacking when you are flying around the country. A couple of the other attendants I know, Cindy and Pauline, are members of a gym, quite a distance from where I live, so I turned down their invitation to join. But there are a couple of gyms very near to my place so maybe I should consider popping down there to check them out. I don’t really want to become a gym junkie or anything, just the occasional workout to remove stiff muscles and loosen the body up a bit. You know what I mean.
The girls, Cindy and Pauline, have urged me to go out and buy some stuff called Reflex Beta Alanine which they use as a supplement to their gym workouts. It seems to give them plenty of energy. When we are in another country having a night or two stopovers and at a club, they just keep on dancing while I slink off into a corner to get another drink and sit on a sofa.
During flights, the girls don’t eat from the passenger dishes which we are allowed to do. They bring on board their unique little shaker bottles with protein mixtures and sip on those during a flight. I get the impression that they are fitness fanatics. Considering the job we do and the weird hours, it’s important to maintain a high level of fitness and health actually. It wouldn’t look good if the passengers see you yawning all the time or with big, black circles under your eyes, would it?
The only bit of gym type of stuff I possess is a wrist strap I bought a week ago. I was lifting a lady’s carry-on up into the overhead locker and it was a little heavier than I expected. I strained my wrist, but like a good flight attendant, I kept smiling. The pain was quite bad for the flight and when I got back home this is what I bought. Again, the girls helped me with picking it out saying it helps support the wrist after injury. Do you think they mollycoddle me a bit?