Sitting still for a long time can become uncomfortable – even on a super-comfy Virgin Atlantic flight. However, there are some simple exercises you can do to stop your muscles becoming stiff during long-haul flights. And they don’t even make you look too silly, honest.
All these exercises can be done while sitting in your seat.
1. The revolver
Lift both of your feet off the floor and rotate them in circles – five times clockwise and five times anti-clockwise.
2. The cuddle
Hold your left shoulder with your right hand and your right elbow with you left hand. Read that sentence again until it makes sense. Hold for 15 seconds then do the other arm. Repeat twice.
3. The ballerina
Keep your heels on the floor and point your toes up as far as you can. Then keep your toes on the floor and raise your heels. Repeat five times.
4. The shrug
Keep your arms still and roll your shoulders forwards five times. Then backwards, five times.
5. The knees up
This knees up is nothing to do with partying – though our crew will be happy to get you a drink! Lean forwards slightly, clasp both hands around your knee and lift it to your chest. Hold for 15 seconds, then do the other leg. Repeat twice.
6. 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.
7. The inquirer
Lower your right ear to your right shoulder - like you’re really considering something - then roll your head around to your other shoulder. Hold each position for five seconds and repeat 10 times.
You may have heard of DVT and a possible link with flying. 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.