Are You Staying Active While Away From Home?
You may be reading this because you find yourself in situations where you aren’t moving much, and you want to do something about it. Ok, maybe you are moving when you are typing or moving your mouse, but that’s not really moving. You know what I mean – moving – aka – being active.
If you spend time travelling for work, or sitting on a train commuting to work, these are ideal times to catch up on some light exercising. We’ll show you some below to help you take advantage of the travel time you have, and stay healthy. You can do these while sitting anywhere – boat, train, plane, even the office.
First, Why it’s Important to Stay Active While Travelling or, What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
You may have seen commercials on TV about blood clots that can form in your legs due to inactivity, so we want to spend a moment letting you know that it is a serious situation that may be preventable with a little knowledge about the importance of staying active. As additional motivation to incorporate these (or other) exercises into your commute, please read this:
Almost anyone can have DVT. People traveling for extended periods of time may be at increased risk for DVT because they have limited movement. The increased risk is usually associated with air travel, but DVT can also form during travel by bus, train, or car.
You may also want to check out Virgin Atlantic’s Health issues and flying information.
As mentioned above, you may have heard that DVT is associated with flying but that’s not entirely true. DVT is a condition where blood clots form (usually) in the legs, during long periods of sitting still (so travelling in a car or train, or sitting at a desk carry the same risk as flying). The danger comes if the clot breaks free and travels to the heart or lungs.
The key take-away here is ‘long periods of sitting still‘. So please be aware that sitting in one place for too long is dangerous and activity, any activity, is important to your health and well-being. These exercises help you keep your blood flowing.
Here are some easy exercises from our friends at Virgin Atlantic. You can do them almost anywhere and no one will even know you are ‘exercising’. So, print them out and take them with you for your next trip!
Stay Active While Travelling – Exercises you can do from your seat:
Lift both of your feet off the floor and rotate them in circles – five times clockwise.
Now keeping both feet off the floor, rotate them in circles – five times counter-clockwise.
Hold your left shoulder with your right hand and your right elbow with your left hand.
Read that sentence again until it makes sense.
Hold for 15 seconds then do the other arm. Repeat twice.
Keep your heels on the floor and point your toes up as far as you can.
Next keep your toes on the floor and raise your heels up as far as you can.
Repeat five times.
Keep your arms still and roll your shoulders forwards, five times.
Now roll your shoulders backwards, five times.
The Knees Up
Lean forward slightly, clasp both hands around a knee and lift it to your chest. Hold for 15 seconds, then clasp your other knee and lift it to your chest.
The ‘Where’s my pen?’
Keep both feet on the floor, hold in your stomach and slowly move your hands down your legs towards your ankles.
Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and slowly sit back up.
1. Lower your right ear to your right shoulder.
2. Roll your head around to your other shoulder.
3. Hold each position for five seconds.
4. Repeat 10 times.
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Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit us. We hope you stay active while travelling and wish you safe travels. Wishing you good health. Enjoy staying active!