The human body is not made to sit still for long periods of time. Proper physical function relies on movement and blood circulation. However on an extended flight, you may feel like you do not have a choice in the matter. You are stuffed into a cramped seat with little opportunity for movement. Hours in this position can lead to stiffness, cramping, and decreased blood flow. It is important to learn how to master the art of long flights without suffering the physical consequences.
To keep your lymph system working at peak levels despite your extended flight, try to engage in movement as much as possible. Keep the fluids flowing through your body by periodically walking down the plane aisle (if the fasten seatbelt light is off). You can perform stretches, even yoga positions, in this narrow space. In your seat itself you can do small exercises that will keep your blood flowing harmoniously through your body. Try pressing your palms together, exerting pressure on them so your arm muscles flex. You can lift your arms over your head. You can flex your abdominal muscles, straightening your back. You can tense your thigh muscles in repetitions. If you take a big book to read on your flight, you can perform bicep curls with it. Do you have carryon luggage? If so, you can stand in the aisle and lift it with your legs, or hold it in front of you at a ninety-degree angle. In addition to increasing blood flow, exercise also helps prevent jet lag. You get the best of both worlds.
When flying for long periods of time, be sure to drink lots of fluids. This will help your body on its circulation task. Water makes everything go more smoothly. Smoking a cigarette will only make your body’s task harder. Nicotine makes it harder for blood to reach your extremities and taxes your whole system. If you are a smoker, try not to smoke in advance of your flight. In addition, avoid caffeine, alcohol, and salty foods. These always complicate your body’s work.
Dress appropriately for your flight. As much as you want to look like a movie star when you arrive at your destination, resist the urge to wear high heels or tight,hard floor scrubber, fancy shoes. Dress comfortably in loose clothes and practical shoes. For especially long flights, don’t be afraid to pack pajamas and slippers. Just make sure that you are not too exposed, as not to discomfort your fellow passengers. Any tight item of clothing will compromise your circulation during the trip. Many people have the habit of crossing their legs when they sit. This position can cut off blood flow to your legs and also lead to misalignment of your back. No matter how uncomfortable your plane seat is, try to avoid crossing your legs. If you follow all these rules, you will arrive in your destination with excellent circulation and will be ready to begin your travels on foot. Long flights do not have to take a severe toll on your body, especially its circulation system.