05 April 2007

stretch whenever you can

It's so glamorous to think of flying off to some far away place, but getting there is not always glamorous. A long trip can easily make one's body stiff and tense after hours of being couped up. Especially if you're unlucky enough to be crammed in the middle of 6 other passengers.

I'm sure it looks good on paper, but our bodies are just NOT designed to be cramped into these ridiculous seating arrangements for hours at a time.

But if you like to travel, or you travel a lot, it's a must to find your own special way to convert this small little space into your own personal gym...without looking like a total freak.

It's pretty easy to make your body happier just by shifting your seat in your seat every now and again. And, really, you won't tick off the person tightly squeezed next to you. You might inspire them to do the same. Yes, it's really possible to stretch in that little cramped space!

Try these ideas when your seated in a plane or train (or your auto, only if firmly stopped at a stop light or being chauffeured.)

- NECK: gently tilt your head to one side until you feel a gentle stretch. Deep breath. Hold there for a few seconds, then repeat on the other side. Deep breath.

- SHOULDERS: Move your shoulders forward, rolling them up, then roll them backwards as you roll them back down. Do this three times in one direction. Switch directions.

- SHOULDERS: Bring your hands into the small of your back with palms facing out. Push your elbows back. Imagine your upper crust expanding across the hull of the plane.

- ANKLES: Lift one foot and circle your toes in one direction, and then the opposite direction.

- BUTTOCKS: Squeeze your buttocks together hard. Hold. Deep breath. Release. Do this many times until your butt can't sqeeze anymore.

- Don't be afraid to get up and walk to the toilet. Even if you don't use the toilet. Just walk. Yes, the poor trapped gentleman (or woman) next to you will acted all annoyed, but again...think positive. Maybe you'll inspire them to get up and walk around too.

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