How To Stay Active On A Long Flight
Tips To Remain Active During A Flight
Traveling is one of the best things about life. The experiences we gain during our holidays are permanent, memories that just cannot go away. But traveling to distant places requires flying in a long-haul flight and it can get pretty boring and painful. From sitting too long in one position you can experience great discomfort and it can cause health complications. Not moving frequently can cause blood clots in your legs and swelling around the ankles. To prevent that from happening here are some tips to keep yourself active during a long flight.
1. Ask For An Aisle Seat
One of the best things you can do when you are booking your flight is to ask for an aisle seat. Sitting next to the window gives you an awesome view, but unless you are traveling with family or friends, it’s going to be awkward if you want to get up to go to the bathroom or just stretch your legs. Imagine that you are sitting next to the window and you frequently have to ask your neighbor to stand up so you can get past. It will be a pain for you and others. By getting that aisle seat you will be able to do more exercises due to the fact that the aisle seat makes it easier to move around.
2. Walk Up And Down The Aisles
An activity that is most common for passengers during long flights is walking up and down the aisles. You can stretch your legs and it is an opportunity to get your blood circulation going to prevent any blood clots or deep vein thrombosis. It also gives you a chance to do a full-body stretch so you are less stiff when you go back to your seat.
3. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated during the flight is an absolute must. Due to the cabin pressure and the fact that the oxygen levels are thinner as you get higher, your body will start to dehydrate. This means that your blood will thicken, resulting in the possibility of blood clots forming. Drinking enough water will give your body the missing oxygen, since it is a component of water, to make up the lack of oxygen in the cabin air. And avoid drinking alcohol and soft drinks which makes you even more dehydrated. The moral of the story is: water is your best friend.
4. Sneak In A Mini-Workout
If you were lucky enough to get an aisle seat you have a big advantage. You can do some simple exercises to get your body moving. Get out of your seat, when you are allowed to of course, and do a couple of squats and lunges. It will get your circulation going and it is a chance to get your muscles and limbs working. This will definitely help you feel more comfortable during the long flight.
5. Move Your Ankle Joints
If you missed out on an aisle seat you can still be active in your seat. A very simple yet effective activity is to roll your ankles. Due to sitting too long in one position and the change of the cabin’s air pressure, can cause your ankles to swell. This can cause considerable discomfort during a long flight. To prevent the pain, stretch out your legs and draw circles in the air with your toes making sure that you are rolling your ankle joints.
6. Correct And Check Your Posture
During long flights, we almost spend the whole flight sitting down. And being in one position for a while can cause neck pain. and sleeping in awkward positions can make your neck stiff resulting in a very uncomfortable flight. One of the main reasons this happens is due to the bad back posture we are in while sitting down in a tight space in an aching seat. Correct your posture by sitting upright and pull your shoulders back so you are in a completely upright position. If you have a stiff neck roll your head from shoulder to shoulder, up and down, and in circles to relive and prevent further pain. You should also consider getting a neck pillow for your flight to make sure that your head is comfortable while you are trying to sleep.
7. Get Your Knees Active
During long flights, your knees are expected to be stiff due to being in the same position for many hours. To get your knees working again straighten your legs and pull them back up. Another great exercise for your knees is pulling the, up to your chest to fully stretch them out to prevent discomfort for the remaining hours of the flight.
8. Ride A Bike
If you really need to get your legs working but cannot stand up and walk down the aisle just pretend you are riding a bike. Rest your arms on the armrests, lift your legs up and move them like you would while pedaling a bike. It will get your knees working, you will stretch out your feet and it will get your blood flowing preventing any blood clots.
9. Activate Your Upper Body
To get your whole upper body active, rest your arms on the armrest, plant your feet on the floor and rotate your torso left to right without moving your head, this will be great for your lower back. Your shoulders are also probably in discomfort like the rest of your body so, to relieve this, roll your shoulders backwards to forwards to loosen the tightness. You can also release tension in your elbows by resting your elbow in your hand and rolling it clockwise and counter-clockwise.
Make sure that you stay active during a long flight to prevent any future health problems that can be caused by sitting down for a long time in uncomfortable seats. At the end of the day, make sure that you are comfortable by being active and well hydrated and make sure that you get a good night’s rest before the flight because it is better for circulation. Don’t forget to be polite to other passengers, and try not to disturb them while you are doing these activities to prevent any in-flight conflict.