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We all know the feeling you get from being stuck on a plane, even if the flight is only a few hours long.
Being cramped into a sitting position for more than 15 minutes is uncomfortable—and some flights last 15 hours or more!
Not only do many of us find flights a little anxiety-inducing (which leads to extra tension everywhere), but being unable to move for hours is deeply unnatural for our bodies.
That’s why we dread long flights. And, despite all of our best efforts to sleep, hydrate and eat healthily, we always disembark a plane feeling, well, dreadful.
Common complaints after long flights include:
How can we address all of these issues? It’s certainly not an easy problem to solve. If you’ve got hydration and healthy eating dialled-in and are wondering why you still feel awful, the missing ingredient could be smart movement.
As you already know, simply roaming around the cabin like a lost puppy isn’t enough to restore our usual sense of wellbeing. Neither is sipping a green juice or trying to nap.
Our bodies need to perform a wide range of movements on a regular basis in order to be in tip-top condition. Walking only involves a few types of movements, and our bodies are capable of so much more.
So implement an intelligent stretching regimen that you can repeat whenever you start to feel cramped and achey, and you might find yourself enjoying your next long-distance flight!
The stretching routine below is a great start (and we also have a fully illustrated database of stretches for you in our Muscle Map to Stretching). Combine it with your regular walks up and down the plane’s aisles and your body will be extremely grateful.
Some of the convincing reasons to stretching during your flight include:
Carry out your in-flight stretching routine every 2 hours. Combine it with a walk up and down the plane’s aisles (and perhaps a glass or two of water), to help you remember all these healthy flying habits.
In looping video format, to make it even easier for you to follow!
Stretches for your neck & back
In this video, Adam demonstrates a set of neck stretches, spine twists, spine bends and a forward bend.
Stretches for your shoulders, chest & arms
Here, Adam shows you chest, triceps, deltoid and wrist stretches.
Stretches for your hips & legs
Finally, Adam demonstrates a set of hamstring and piriformis stretches.
Now you have no need to dread your next flight—you’ll be relaxed and feeling fresh on arrival.
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Adam is a BTEC level 5 Sports Massage Therapist and the founder of Fibre Tense. He is passionate about active and healthy living, combining training and exercise with work to live life to the fullest. “Being a vegan and strong supporter of animal rights, I steadfastly advocate positive action for climate change, renewable energies and saving the environment. I always strive to act on ways to make a positive difference for every creature on our planet and therefore ‘Making Real Change’ for all”.
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