We all know that sitting still for too long is terrible for our bodies and when we add air pressure and different time zones, it’s no wonder we start our holiday or business trip foggy headed, tight and sore backs, and fatigued. We want to arrive refreshed and limber. The only way to do this is to always remember to keep hydrated and to keep the blood flowing through the body. Even if you are not prone to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), it’s always a good idea to move your body during a long haul flight. With Qantas and Singapore Airlines offering 19 hour flights, you could do with some help!
I’m going to give you some airplane exercises to help prevent DVT and to keep the blood flowing to your body and your mind, allowing you to arrive alert, loose-limbed and ready to roll. Please listen to your own body and only do an exercise that feels good.
1. Reach forward and place your hands on the chair in front of you. Inhale and bring your chest forward, exhale and curl your belly in. Repeat for 5 slow breaths.
2. Place your hands either side of your chair. Inhale, lift your shoulders slowly, exhale and lower slowly. Repeat 10 times. Add in some shoulder rolls if you're still tight.
3. Balance your body on the chair with a straight spine. Raise one knee and place your hands underneath. Roll your ankle both ways x 10. Swap sides.
4. Sit straight in your chair. Cross your left ankle over the right knee. Gently press just above the left knee. Hold and breathe for 5 slow breaths. Swap sides.
I hope you have a wonderful flight and arrive safe and refreshed.
Victoria is a Yoga/Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher. She is passionate about bringing Yoga to every body, every where, no matter their circumstances. Victoria is an Author and designer of the Yoga Card Deck series, including a plane yoga card deck.
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