Long haul flights can have their pros and cons. For some people, being on a flight that takes them several hours to get to their destination is the closest thing they can ever get to getting uninterrupted rest.
For the many travellers, however, long haul flights can exert its toll on the human body. You will feel cramped and stiff at 30 to 35 thousand feet.
Such is the effect of long flights on the body that you feel so tired the moment you arrive at your destination. Fight long flight fatigue with these 6 simple exercises.
1. Foot Twirl
Some folks call it the Ankle Circles, but most know it by the name Foot Twirl. When you do this exercise be careful never to kick the airplane seat in front of you. Raise one of your legs and stretch it as far and straight as you can.
Move your foot in a circle, making sure that you move it only at the ankle. Turn it clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Perform 10 each of these rotations for each of your feet. When you’re done, you can raise both feet and create Ankle Circles simultaneously.
2. Foot Pump
Keep your heels planted on the floor as you try to raise your toes with the heels acting like a hinge. Raise the toes as high as you can. Hold it in this position for 5 seconds. Lower your toes and raise your heels with the ball of the feet serving as a hinge.
You should feel the back muscles of your leg to become tense. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Lower the heels. Repeat this toe- and heel- raises about 10 times.
3. Forward Bend
Before you do this, make sure that the seat in front of you is not in a reclined position. Otherwise, it will be quite difficult to pull this off.
Sit up straight and bend forward at your waist. You will want your chest to touch your thighs. Hold this position for about 5 seconds before returning to the sitting position. Perform this manoeuvre for about 20 times.
4. Neck Roll
Sit up as straight as you can. Try to relax your shoulders. Bend your neck towards one of your shoulders so that your ear on that side will touch the shoulder on that side. Roll your neck forward and backward and back and forth. Do this for about 10 times.
5. Shoulder Roll
Raise your shoulders a little bit. Now try to rotate them using a circular motion. Perform 5 of these movements in a clockwise fashion. Repeat 5 more times in a counter-clockwise manner.
6. Knee Lift
Bend a little forward. Place your hands on one of your knees and pull it upwards towards your chest. Hold this position for about 15 seconds before you do the same with your other leg. Perform this exercise 4 times.
Your long haul flight should not be a grueling experience. Doing these 6 simple exercises can help you feel better the moment you touch down at your destination.