Healthy travel made easy
Long flights or drives can take their tolls on our body: back and neck pain can be side effects or sitting for in a plane or being behind a steering wheel for hours. Apart from that, blood circulation can be restricted from extended periods of inactivity. Here some ideas for stretches that can be done while sitting in a plane and prevent you from arriving with tight, painful muscles:
#1 The Figure 4 Stretch is great to prevent tightness in the hip area that can be triggered by long periods of sitting.
Begin sitting and cross one leg over the other. Slowly lower chest down toward knees trying to keep a flat low back, until a stretch is felt in the crossed leg.
#2 Stretching the Upper Trapezius can help to prevent tight neck muscles during long flights.
Position one hand on your thigh, the other hand on top of your head. Gently tilt your head forward, and rotate to one side until a stretch is felt in the neck as the hand on top of your head pulls gently to slightly increase the stretch.
#3 Toe Raises can be easily be performed in tight spaces and can help to improve circulation.
Lift toes off the floor, contracting muscles in the front of the lower leg. Repeat as necessary.
#4 The same holds true for Heel Raises. Patients can do them anytime, anywhere. Even while waiting for their flights.
Lift heels off the floor, shifting weight to the balls of your feet and contracting calf muscles.
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