Chris Simpson, Professional Squash Player November 19, 2015

The professional squash circuit is a worldwide series of events with tournaments in various locations such as Qatar, Egypt, Hong Kong, North America and England. Each player has to endure a demanding amount of travel throughout the season, sometimes on the road for weeks at a time. 

Chris Simpson, professional squash player and Healthspan Elite ambassador, is currently on a three and a half week tour which began in North America for the World Championships and will be ending in Hong Kong for the Cathay Pacific Open. With a quick pit-stop in Canada for a ‘relatively short’ 4 day tournament Chris’ recovery time is limited, however like most squash players Chris has a number of tricks up his sleeve to cope with his demanding schedule:

1. High Strength Probiotic

When I travel I can never keep my diet the same as at home. I used to get lots of stomach problems from the different foods and different bacteria, especially when playing in Asia. Since taking a probiotic supplement I've found my gut can cope with this much better – and the capsule form is much more convenient than a yoghurt or drink when traveling!

2. iPad with VPN

I have a VPN (virtual private network) app on my iPad. This allows me to set up my iPad as if I'm in the UK when I'm anywhere in the world, so I can watch all my favourite shows on iPlayer and 4od! Perfect for those moments when none of the hotel's channels are in English.

3. Multivitamin (Gold A-Z)

It seems like every time I get on a plane the person next to me is full of a cold! It's my worst nightmare to travel half way across the world for a tournament only to end up ill. I take a multivitamin every day to give myself the best chance of fighting off these illnesses.

4. Flight socks

If I don't wear flight socks my ankles will be huge post flight, and my legs won't feel right on court for days. I also wear my flight socks after tough matches, the compression helps to aid recovery.

5. Bottled Water

I generally tend to buy bottled water rather than drinking out of the tap as you don’t have control over the quality of water in foreign countries. It only takes a small amount of bacteria to make anyone ill so I’ll take every step possible to avoid this so my performance on court isn’t effected.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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