Smooth Sailing: How to Make Long Flights a Breeze
Last week we spoke with about summer travel here:
With the season winding down, it's time to start thinking about returning to our regular routines. But before we do, let's talk about something important: Long Flights.
We all know they can be uncomfortable, so what can you do to make them a bit more bearable?
Swelling and pain in the limbs after a long journey is a common experience for many people. This is due to the combination of cramped space and prolonged periods of sitting typically associated with airplane travel. The restricted movement and positioning of the legs under the seat can cause blood in the veins to stagnate and coagulate, leading to the formation of deep vein thrombosis. It is, therefore, important to be particularly attentive during flights, especially for individuals with high blood sugar and blood lipids, the elderly, pregnant women, people with varicose veins, and those with blood circulation problems.
When traveling long distances, you can take some measures to reduce the adverse effects on your body:
Keep hydrated. In long flights, it's very important to keep hydrated. Drinking enough water can help maintain blood circulation and prevent dehydration.
Move frequently. During the trip, move your body as much as possible. You can do simple activities such as stretching, walking, or rotating your feet while sitting.
Wear comfortable clothes. Choosing comfortable clothing can help relieve the pressure on your body, which can prevent muscle stiffness and discomfort.
Use supportive equipment. Using supportive equipment during long flights can help maintain a normal posture and blood circulation. For example, you can use a pillow to support your waist or neck.
Next, we have some practical stretches to help you relax on the plane：
1. Hip joint and lower back muscle stretch
2. Piriformis muscle stretch
This movement is very good for people who have sciatic nerve pain.
3. Shoulder-chest-upper back stretch
4.Horizontal lower back and hip stretch
We hope these tips will help you feel better during your next long flight. Don't forget to keep yourself hydrated, take frequent strolls around the cabin, wear comfy clothes, and use supportive gear. These steps will help reduce the negative effects of long flights on your body so you can feel refreshed and ready to go when you arrive at your destination. If you need any help or have any questions, feel free to contact us, or ask us in our Body & Soul Community Chat Group. Have an awesome trip and see you soon!