We all know how uncomfortable flying can make us. Being trapped in a tiny chair with limited legroom for hours on end is a recipe for all sorts of trouble. The discomfort can lead to people starting their trip with cramps and stiffness. Then there is the threat of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) which is a blot clot that can cause severe illness. It’s just not good for you to sit in the same position for too long without moving.
Stretching is your saviour! It stimulates blood circulation and it relieves the pain of muscle cramps and stiffness. Along with that, it will help you avoid injury when you get off the plane – if you don’t stretch for hours on end you are far more likely to sprain something when you start moving. It’s vital that you perform some basic stretches while you are flying. Here are some tips on how to make your flight as comfortable as possible:
Have a Walk Around
Once the aeroplane is safely in the air and the seatbelt sign is turned off, you are free to get up and walk around. We know there isn’t much space for you to do this, but a quick trip up and down the aisle once an hour will really help keep your body from stiffening up. Plus, moving around helps to send oxygen to the places in the body that need it the most. You will feel much better for a quick wander!
Stretch It Out!
Here are some basic stretches that you can perform while still sitting in your seat:
Your neck needs a good stretch otherwise it will stiffen up. Start with your head down and carefully rotate your head round in one direction, and then the other. Then with your head upright, gently move your head from side to side. This will loosen up your neck muscles.
Feet and Ankles
Your feet and ankles will get very tired of being in the same position but some simple stretches will help keep them awake! Take your shoes off if possible and slowly rotate your foot clockwise, and then anticlockwise. Then move it up and down. Scrunch up your toes and release them a few times.
Pull your shoulders back, hold that pose, and then release them again. Do this five to ten times in every hour. Then try rotating them forwards, and then backwards. It’ll feel nice and help to relieve any tension.
It’s hard to stretch your back out completely when you are sitting down but you can still straighten and then relax it from time to time. It will help your posture a lot.
When you get off the plane give your body a really good stretch and walk around as much as possible to get the blood flowing properly again. And breathe lots of fresh air in too – much better for your lungs than all that sterile air in the aeroplane, and it will help your body replenish its much-needed oxygen.
This post was contributed by Sharon Atkins from Kingsford Smith long term airport parking Brisbane. Sharon meets frequently flyers on a regular basis and understands that flights can be very tiring unless you do some basic stretches.