If you’re anything like us, then you probably had your travel plans disrupted by the global pandemic. Bloomberg details how the pandemic has crippled tourism, as many destinations across the world had to close their borders off to stop the virus from spreading. Now, that things are creeping towards normalcy you may already be planning that next big trip.

And while going to far-flung locales and exciting new locations is always a treat, the flight going there leaves a lot to be desired. Indeed, long hours of traveling puts a strain on your body that’ll leave you feeling exhausted after. Luckily we’ve got some tips for you to help you out on your next trip. Read on if you wanna know more about how to take care of your body during long-haul flights!

Keep Yourself Hydrated

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One thing that people tend to forget to do when they’re on long-haul flights is to drink water. And considering that flights can be as long as 16 hours, this could be seriously detrimental to your health. But how much water should you be drinking? BBC’s article on hydration details that experts have yet to come up with the specific amount of water that someone has to drink per day.

However, a good rule of thumb would be to drink whenever you are thirsty. This can be tricky on long flights as you may forget to drink, so it may help to set a timer on your phone every other hour to remind you to drink water. This should keep you nice and hydrated for the duration of the flight.

Stretch often

One of the reasons why you feel bad after long flights can be attributed to your body being inactive for long periods of time. This can lead to sore muscles and an overall feeling of discomfort. Indeed, sitting for hours on end will put a strain on your body. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to this problem.

Getting up and stretching in the bathroom should do your body a lot of good. But let’s say you don’t want to have to stand up just to stretch, would there be a way to do it from your seat? Pain Free Working’s article on exercises to relieve pain and tightness explains that a seated hamstring stretch should be able to release the tightness in your hips. All you have to do is sit up straight with your shoulders relaxed and feet planted on the ground. Then just slide your hands under your knee so that you can lift your knee towards you, all while extending your leg out. Hold this position for five seconds. Do the same for the other leg as well and you should feel an almost instant feeling of relief.

Get some sleep

While it may seem like a good idea to hold off on sleep to help your body adjust to the new timezone that you’ll be entering, forcing your body to stay awake could do more harm than good.

It would be better to sleep if you’re feeling tired and let your body adjust naturally to the new timezone. Give it a try and you’ll see that your body will recover more quickly as compared to when you force yourself to stay awake on a 16-hour flight.

If you’re feeling pain in more specific areas during your flight, you may want to check our article on the 5 Tips To Relieve Back Pain!

Article specially written for ibboo4u.com by Amarie Speizer

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