Even if you pull all the stops and get a place in first grade, flying is not good for your body. Sitting in one position for hours at a time will at best result in stiffness and fatigue, and at worst, you may find that flying can affect your mental health through stress or anxiety, and even lead to severe physical discomfort such as deep vein thrombosis.
You can reduce these negative effects by making a difference on the flight, but also by preparing your body for it by operating at the airport beforehand. To help with this, London Stansted Airport has partnered with the FRAME gym to offer training sessions three times a day from 5 to 7 February in the terminal. These aim to improve blood circulation and stretch the key muscles before traveling.
This is good news if you fly from Stansted on those days, but we are not, so we have FRAME co-founder Joan Murphy for some dedicated advice on how to help your body, the fatigues of a long flight better to manage something. Murphy's advice begins in the terminal.
"It's tempting to check in your luggage and go straight to the bar one hour before your flight," says Murphy. "But before you do that, try to walk around as much as possible, so that the blood flows through the body and the stairs go as far as possible. If you want to go straight to the bar, try standing while drinking rather than sitting. "
Do not overdo the alcohol, as another tip is to stay hydrated.
obviously, but unfortunately many people do not get enough fluids while traveling, "says Murphy. "In an air-conditioned environment, the relative humidity can be 1
Finally stretch. You do not have to stage a scene in the airport or on the plane itself, as there are useful routes you can do without leaving your seat, the risk of deep vein thrombosis, "says Murphy. "There are many ways to stretch, but let's face it – most of us will be too embarrassed to throw ourselves in front of hundreds of fellow travelers in a down-facing dog, and that's fine. Work through a few sentences of these more subtle but still effective stretching methods.
Sitting Hip Opener
"Sit down and place your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart," says Murphy. "Make sure you're sitting straight, shoulders down and away from your ears. Lift your right leg and place your right ankle with your right foot bent on your left knee. Keep your back straight, hinge from the hips and slowly bring your chest towards your lap. Hold and feel the hip release – stay for five long breaths. Repeat with the left leg. If you are lucky enough to have more legroom, you can do so during the flight.
"Sit down and put your feet flat on the floor," said Murphy. "If you keep your breast proud and your shoulders away from your ears, turn right and look over your right shoulder. Take your left hand and hold onto your right thigh so you push deeper into the spin. Make sure both hips are pointing forward and your buttocks muscles are seated in the seat. Take five deep breaths here and let go. Repeat this on the other side.
"This is a simple but very positive attitude, especially if you feel stressed or tired," says Murphy. "It gives you a moment to breathe and get back into the body.
" Sit comfortably on a chair – as comfortable as an airport or an airplane! Close your eyes and release all muscle tension in your body. Keep your eyes closed, pay attention to the sensations in your body and let them through without judgment. Stay here for as long as possible – at least three minutes – and take a deep breath. Then start bringing your consciousness back into your body and slowly opening your eyes. "