Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
There is no doubt about it - - pilots can spend a lot of time sitting in a cockpit. In the case of commercial pilots, when they aren’t flying they are pretty apt to have their routine upset by being “on the road” away from home, sleeping in strange hotel beds and probably often eating less than totally nutritious meals. And, we have found that even many recreational pilots find themselves spending the majority of their day seated, staring at a computer screen. Yet, so many pilots look as though they are in excellent shape, and we are now prepared to share THE ULTIMATE SECRET TO STAYING FIT AND KING AIR 300 TRAINING.
"I think," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas shared with a big grin in his voice, "that folks might get a little upset with the secret that we are about to share, but here goes - - THE ULTIMATE SECRET TO STAYING FIT is proper diet and exercise! The thing is," he quickly added, "finding the time to exercise may be the real secret!"
The key, of course, whether you consider it a secret or not, is to develop the habit of working out. Now, do understand that these workouts don't have to take the form of hour-long grueling stints at a gym. Rather, something as simple as a power walk can do wonders for both your cardiovascular and other systems. Even while you are flying or sitting, such activities as stomach or leg tenses can do you body good!
"Make no mistake about it," Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING offered, "'fast food' is not healthy food. A quick snack of trail mixes with such elements as nuts, raisins and coconut is much superior to grabbing chips or a burger and fries. And," he continued knowingly, "the best beverage available is nature's own elixir - water!"
Unfortunately, after most grueling days in the air or in the office, we are forced to make the decision between relaxing and working out. And, most days "relaxing" will win out! However, by sacrificing just a little of your relaxing time you can do your body a world of good by participating in yoga. Through this activity you build strength, increase flexibility and balance, de-stress peacefully and tone your muscle.
(To learn more about this topic check out "How Pilots Stay Healthy" and "Pilots Staying in Shape."