Air travel may be fast and convenient, but for many of us, it can be uncomfortable and restrictive due to cramped cabins and sardine-like seating. Franci Cohen, a personal trainer, certified nutritionist, exercise physiologist and creator of Spider-Bands® offered the following tips for comfortable flying, to help you make the most of your next airplane trip by helping you stay flexible and fit while you fly.
- DEEP BREATHING is an instant-relaxer and can be done anywhere at any time. Try taking 4-5 deep, cleansing breaths several times during your flight.
- RELAX YOUR SHOULDERS by bending forward slightly, hands on knees and “rolling” your shoulders in a circular motion 5 or 6 times. Repeat the “roll” in the opposite direction, and then finish up by “shrugging” your shoulders up and down 5 times.
- RELAX YOUR BACK by reaching overhead, holding elbows, and bending side to side. Repeat 5 times in each direction.
- STRETCH YOUR LEGS by alternately lifting your knees toward your chest and bringing your body toward your knee to the count of eight.
- RELEASE YOUR FEET by “drawing” the alphabet with one foot then the other.
- GET OUT OF YOUR SEAT and stand or walk at least once every 60 – 90 minutes. Walking helps circulation and lowers the risk of blood clots caused by sitting too long in a cramped position.