Tuesday, July 14, 2009

You are now free to "move it" about the cabin!

Tomorrow I board a plane to NYC for an amazing mini vacation. I will be stuck on an airplane for around 2.5 hours. Now I do have the essentials to keep me preoccupied for a portion of that time...48 crayola crayons, coloring book, the book Viva La Repartee and a friend, the usual. I was curious as to whether or not there are exercises you can do while flying.

I found this article on ehow.com. Enjoy and next time you find yourself airborne, try it!

Ps... I find it funny that they included a list of things you will need:
athletic socks, bottled water, racquetballs, tennis balls and of course, a plane ticket!

Combat poor circulation, swelling, sore joints and lethargy on cramped flights by doing a short exercise routine. At the very least, you'll entertain your fellow passengers.

  1. Squeeze a tennis ball, a racquetball or even a pair of socks with your hands until they're tired.

  2. Step2

    Keep the balls of your feet planted and raise your legs using your calf muscles. If this is too easy, place your carry-on bag on your knees. Continue until tired.

  3. Step3

    Plant your heels firmly and raise your toes as high as possible. Hold for five seconds, and relax. Repeat until tired.

  4. Step4

    Place your hands on your armrests and raise your knees slowly (together is harder than one at a time) toward your chin. Lower them slowly. Repeat until tired.

  5. Step5

    Cross your legs. Rotate the dangling foot in as wide a circle as possible. Continue until tired.

  6. Step6

    Stretch your neck by keeping your chin close to your throat and tilting your head forward. Roll your head from one shoulder to the other, but avoid rotating it backward.

  7. Step7

    Flex your trapezius muscles by doing shoulder hunches. Lower your shoulders, and then raise them up toward your ears into a shrug. Hold for five seconds. Continue until tired.

  8. Step8

    Arch your torso gently backward and forward like a cat.

  9. Step9

    Flex your gluteus muscles and hold for as long as possible. Squeezing your rear like this may occasion strange glances, but these muscles are the biggest in the human body and need to be exercised, too.

No comments: