THE AIRPLANE WORKOUT IS HERE: STOP IN-FLIGHT CLOTS (ISSUE 158) DECEMBER 16, 2014
By Diane Gold
The Airplane Workout, just in time for the holidays, can stop in-flight clots. With almost no effort on an airplane flight, we can do the simplest and most effective thing to protect ourselves from getting a blood clot while we’re on a plane.
Did you know that you could get blood clots from flying – and they are often invisible and come without warning?
As a matter of fact, according to the World Health Organization’s Research 1 in 6,000 healthy travelers will have a life threatening blood clot on a flight over 4 hours long as clotting enzymes increase. Frequent travelers are at much greater risk.
There are 815 million U.S. travelers per year (rita.dot.gov), meaning 135,000 are subject to clotting in flight . According to hopkinsmedicine.org, 3% end up with a pulmonary embolism that ends up in death. That’s 4,000 people per year in the U.S. alone who could die from a clot that originated on an airplane.
With similar statistics worldwide, this number would triple to about 12,000 people a year!
Furthermore, hopkinsmedicine.org says that people who suffer from obesity, use contraceptives, are extreme in height and have thrombotic blood (which points to those with clotting problems to begin with) multiply the calculation of risk. These added risks have been repeatedly corroborated in other research.
OUR EASY AND FUN LIFESAVING WORKOUT
But here’s the good news . . .
We can prevent this silent and deadly killer in its tracks just by doing certain exercise activities on the plane. We can significantly reduce chances a blood clot might happen to us.
Would deterring a possible life-threatening embolism be a good reason to do a workout when we fly?
Now, if I’m thinking – I can just get up and walk to the back of the plane. Well the truth is, sometimes we can’t, with the food and drink service, and, other times, turbulence may have taken over and the pilot specifically asks us to remain seated.
ACTION STEP - DO A SAMPLE EXERCISE FROM THE AIRPLANE WORKOUT
That’s why, today, I want to share a fun and easy exercise you can start doing immediately. You will see that it moves a large portion of your body while you are seated.
1) Sit with your back straight and shoulders forward of the hips with space between the chair back and where you place your personal seat.
2) Place relaxed elbows against rib cage with palms on the thighs.
3) Place feet flat on ground, shoulder width apart.
4) Relax the shoulders and lower the chin.
5) Simultaneously, place left and right feet together, and lift the toes.
6) Then come through the flat foot and lift the heels.
7) Then come through the flat foot, and repeat the sequence 29 times, ending with the feet flat.
8) Keep the shoulders forward of the hips with elbows on the rib cage.
9) Relax, and say,
This exercise will get you started, whether at home or in-flight.
This is just one of the simple exercises you can do on a plane. As a matter of fact, I created The Airplane Workout as an entire “workout” plan.
The other amazingly valid reason to do a workout on an airplane is to give us the energy and creativity we need to rock any business presentation, social event, family adventure at our destination.
Let’s talk about how we perceive the flight itself. Most of us figure we can get some rest, listen to music, engage in friendly talk with our neighbor, or do some business with no interruption. We could also dedicate our time to eating genetically modified peanuts, full of the worst kind of salt, as we progress along on our journey.
We don’t give much time to the idea that we, an integrated set of body/mind systems, have the ability to become more relaxed, more productive, more creative, more energetic, and more spiritually stable if we took the time to cultivate ourselves. And movement is the healthiest method to get us there.
WHY THE AIRPLANE WORKOUT IS PERFECT
When we think about it, airplane time is the perfect arena for tuning up on fitness. There isn’t the distraction of other gym goers with whom to compare or socially pursue. There isn’t a lot of space to divert our attention. We can’t leave. And we don’t need any equipment.
I use The Airplane Workout for inflight work. I know I need a set of exercises using multiple body parts and body alignment that will cater to an airplane. I want to be able to feel the body working from the very first exercise so that I know I’m making an effort to keep the blood coursing through my veins as best I can.
My workout offers a simple, concise, organized and fun way for us to systematically reduce the chances of our being victims of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Now that we know why it’s important to move, move, move inflight; all we have to do is do it.
Not only will we feel great from moving, but doing it with proper body alignment will reinforce correct posture for every other gym or fitness exercise we ever do. And being in a very small location, the airplane seat gives us the advantage of concentrating on this alignment. It will save our back from much of the pain we hear about from workout accidents. It will maximize any exercise we do in all our other workouts and sports activities as well as when standing, walking and sitting.
The inflight airplane workout idea offers a safe way to secure health and vibrant energy. The airplane is a natural place to work out to avoid those killer clots.
It also maximizes our time to the fullest and helps our creativity flow!
So have fun with the idea and get that advantageous edge!
DON’T JUST SIT THERE: GET THE AIRPLANE WORKOUT.
The only workout specially developed for airline travel, this training gives you the finest workout for your airplane seat (or any seated space):
This ebook, which you can get in minutes, includes easy directions and photos, designed specifically for the confined space of an airplane. Click the image of the book, or go to the access link below.
Moving the body increases blood flow, enhances respiration, works the abdominal muscles, and deters clots. So get moving today. Go get The Airplane Workout with one click:
P.S. You can use this workout even if you are not flying! You can do these exercises in the office, at your desk or in your favorite pajamas at home.
DON’T JUST SIT THERE! Get access to The Airplane Workout today.
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DIANE GOLD, PUBLISHER AND AUTHOR
Diane Gold, Founder of Warriors of Weight, Turning Habits Into Health, is a mentor in tai chi, kung fu and meditation, a music, fitness and stress expert, dedicated mom, studying plant-based nutrition, peaceful conflict resolution and habit replacement.
She is an expert at efficient and and no-stress body movement. She says,
“The airplane ride is a tremendous opportunity to move our organs around. Get The Airplane Workout to see how. Take every chance to make every minute count. If a tiny bit of movement can prevent a blood clot, can you spare the time?
You can. And, go ahead. Make my day. Get the book as part of taking good care of ourselves because, as we know, we are so worth it!”
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