Jimmy Fallon Has a New Show and a New Health Regimen
The new Late Night host talks about being funny, being fit, and dealing with stage fright.
Getting sick on vacation continued...
"But, you know what? I don't actually get sick when I'm working," he says.
"It's always when I take a week off. That's when the body falls apart. Happens
every time. My wife is always like: 'No, no, no, no! We're in Hawaii! You are
so not getting sick again when we are on vacation!'"
Does the body actually know when it can afford to break down? "It seems like
we've all experienced it," says Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, travel health expert for
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Especially the type A
personality, the real go-go-go kind of person who works very hard and takes
very few vacations.
"From my 30 years of practice and observing my patients, I think it's less
about a mind-body connection -- although I do believe there is one -- and more
about how stress plays a role in making us sick," Kozarsky adds. "By the time
we are on our so-called 'break,' we're utterly drained and susceptible to
catching whatever bug is floating by."
How to avoid getting sick on vacation
To avoid falling ill on your vacation, take these steps:
Take care. Kozarsky advises her business-traveler patients to
schedule a full 24 hours after landing in their new clime to unwind, sleep, and
take care of themselves, "but rarely do they listen to me. Most get off the
plane at 8 a.m. after flying all night into some other country, only to rush to
a meeting at 9 a.m., without any real sleep." It's this nonstop mentality "that
wears down our immune systems and lowers our resistance to staving off
infectious diseases," she adds.
Take flight. On a positive note, Kozarsky tells travelers that
today's airplanes may actually provide better air quality than our office
conference rooms or even local movie theaters. "It's true that spending time in
confined spaces can expose us to infection," she says. "But modern aircraft use
excellent filters: 50% of the air is fresh, and the other 50% has almost all of
the infectious particles filtered out. So while it might be bad news to sit
right next to someone who is obviously sick, most of us will do just fine on
the plane itself."
One more way to beat getting sick: Fallon can laugh at his own jokes.
Laughter truly is good for us, according to new research from the University of
Maryland Medical Center, which links giggling to the healthy function of blood
vessels. Happily pumping vessels are a powerful tool for battling mental
stress, as well as a great defense against developing cardiovascular disease.
Just another reason to join the 2.1 million of us staying up late to catch