Snakes on a Plane…not

Hamstring Stretch

I hate flying and what it feels like on my body, but I love getting to my vacation or destination.

One way to help ease the pain of flying is to do some simple targeted exercises while you are sitting. Without some exercising and moving about on the plane you are more likely to be stiff and sore when you arrive and some folks even have circulation problems from the flight. On the other hand, one of my clients was amazed when she tried these exercises on a flight from SF to Hawaii – she could walk unassisted off the plane for the first time in years!

Here’s what to do.

Start with your feet; tap your toes up and down and side to side 5 times.

Then gently squeeze your knees together 5 times…gently. Did I say gently? Yes I did.

Now push your low back gently into the seat, you can gently squeeze your butt with this.

Gently (notice the theme here) squeeze your shoulder blades together 5 times, this is called a Shoulder Blade Kiss.

Now roll your shoulders 2 to the back and 2 to the front.

And look gently to the right, then the left.

If nothing hurts (if you do this gently it’s more likely nothing will hurt and you will do more good for yourself than doing it hard) you can repeat this sequence often during your flight.

It’s good to do it as soon as you sit down and also before you stand up and of course in between.

If you’d like to learn a good stretch to do before you get on the plane and when you arrive go watch the “hamstring stretch” video below.

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