GATE8's Hotel Room Workout to Stretch and Relax
After being cooped up on a long flight, it's important to stretch out and get the blood flowing again. Avoid the post flight nap, instead re-energize yourself with this quick stretching routine. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your flight and continue to do so after you land. It's always a good idea to limit you caffeine intake on the flight and give the alcohol a miss. You'll arrive at your destination fresh and rejuvenated, ready for your first meeting.
Here are four simple stretches to reinvigorate you after your flight. These can be carried out anywhere but we recommend waiting until you get back to your hotel room.
1. Downward Facing Dog
Come to the floor on your hands and knees, you knees should be positioned directly under your hips. Your hands should be placed face down just ahead of the line of your shoulders. As you exhale lift your knees away from the floor, push your thighs back and stretch your heels to the ground. Straighten your arms pushing your hands towards the floor and let keep your head in between your arms. Hold this position for at least one minute and then slowly move back to the starting position.
2. Forward Bend
Stand up straight with your feet hip distance apart. Bend your knees slightly and place your hands on your hips. Slowly bend forward from your hips keeping your back perfectly flat. If there is a mirror in your hotel room you can do this exercise in front of it to keep an eye on your form. Slowly bring your hands to the floor. If you can't reach the floor, let your hands rest on the edge of the bad or a chair. Let your head sway gently from side to side and breathe.
3. Ankle to knee
This is a great exercise to loosen up your hips after a long flight. Lie on the floor or on your bad. Position your feet on the ground with your knees bent at hip distance apart. Slowly lift your left foot up and place your left ankle across your right thigh. Reach forward with your hands and grab your right hamstring. Clasp your fingers and pull back gently while you push your left ankle against your thigh. Hold the stretch for thirty seconds. Release both feet and place them firmly on the ground and switch sides.
4. Legs to wall
Sit facing the wall with your right hip pressed against the wall. Carefully bring your legs around to the right while rotating your body and place your legs against the wall. Your body should be making an L shape; your legs placed flat against the wall and your back flat against the floor. Your hands should be on the ground at either side of you, palms facing up. Lie in this position for three to five minutes and let your troubles drift away.
Do these exercises as soon as you can after landing and start your trip off on the right foot. You can do these stretches any morning of your trip to increase your energy levels and start your day feeling fresh and ready for anything.
Matt (Bag Wingman)