Healthy Living Tips: Inflight exercises

The September school holidays will see some lucky families heading for foreign shores, perhaps Thailand!

When flying long distance, it is important that all members of the family maintain a healthy approach to travel. It is easy for the body to become stiff, especially when you are in a cramped space. 

My best tip is to visit The Thai Foot Spa before and after your holiday adventure - it will prepare you for your long journey and provide much desired relief on your return. While travelling, I recommend a few simple exercises which will help loosen muscles and joints. You may be surprised how much better you will feel; the exercises also will provide in-flight physical activity for the children!

Neck exercise: Move your head slowly towards your right shoulder and hold. Then towards your left shoulder and hold. Move your chin slowly down towards your chest. Hold and relax. Repeat 5-6 times.

Arm exercise: Starting with your arms outstretched, flex at the elbow and bring them slowly into our chest. Extend them again. Repeat 5-6 times.

Abdomen Exercise: Starting from a fully upright position, slide your hands down your legs as far as you can. Straighten up gradually. Cross your arms across your chest and rotate as far as you can from right to left. Repeat each one 5-6 times.

Leg exercise: Start with your feet on the floor, bring your legs slowly up towards your chest, as far as you can. Relax them slowly. Repeat 4-5 times.

Feet exercise: Place both feet on the floor, point your toes upwards as high as they will go. Point them downwards. Repeat this in a continuous movement 5-6 times.

Shoulder exercises: Hunch up your shoulders. Hold and slowly relax. Repeat 5-6 times.

Hand exercises: Grip the edge of your armrest with your hands, hold to a count of five, and then relax. Repeat. 10 times.

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