The Jet life, be it seasonal or perennial, can be all too weary on our body.
Not that we don’t sit enough; but sitting on a flight can have an impact on our spine and hips that can be worse than temporary jet lag. Immobility of our joints can get very uncomfortable and all the aches an pains we think are random are often a product of it.
Smart traveling just got smarter, all you need is a resistance band to reset your body and you can be moving and enjoying your stay much faster.
Changing time zones or even moving from our usual routine effects our sleep, digestion, circulation and digestion.
To hack jet lag, we had to consult friends who spend more time traveling than being in their own beds. And that is to learning to sleep on flights. There are herbal Ayurvedic remedies to our known allopathic habit-forming ones that exist. A glass of wine can also help speed up the process- because hey, it’s 5’oclock somewhere right?
Joint immobility, the more muted hazard can be reversed with a short hotel room workout. Consider it essential for your vitals, or you can do the same for when you return home. A resistance band is essentially a really big rubber band, and is often used for rehabilitation. The only thing better than the price tag is how easy it is to use to reset our spine and hips after all that inactivity.
Check in to your room, enjoy the view, put your luggage away and get done with your 10 minute corrective routine (HIIT folks, we didn’t forget about you) and enjoy your city or meetings whatever it may be. Remember, working out can also get your digestive system moving- a problem far too many people complain about.
1. With a band in between both ankles, you want to slightly squat and stand with feet hip width apart (this should cause enough tension). Take 10 steps to your left and right.
This should not be comfortable- so make sure you are using the band with the correct amount of resistance. Your knees should be soft and all efforts should go towards them not caving in and activating your hips to point them outward. Follow with 10 steps forward, with each step being a longer step than your hip width.
2. Stand with your feet hip width and make sure your ankles, hips and shoulders are all in one plane i.e, you are standing straight, then move one leg back-make sure the movement is coming from your hip and glutes. Slowly pull your leg back and retract back. If you need balance support hold the closest wall or chair. When you move your leg back make sure your knees are not caving in and your foot is nice and firm on the ground. Repeat 10 times each leg.
3. Place bands a little higher than your knees and get into a squat. The only way to reap these benefits is using the right resistance, so make sure it causes a slight discomfort even when your standing there. Get into a squat position (not too deep), and move side to side with each step pulling the band apart. Once again, it is vital for your knees not to cave, the band should be tight enough to support that. Push your knee out and keep your hips back with you weight evenly distributed on your foot. Make sure your knee is not getting ahead of your toe. 10 steps right and left.
4. Let your bands fall down to your calves, and in a slight squat position, pulling the band apart straighten one leg to the side. Keeping your back upright is important to reset, so take constant note of any rounding- it has some serious effects in the long run.
While retracting your leg back move it slower and get back into squat position. Do the same for the other leg. Make sure your pushing your hips back, and your knees are not crossing your feet.
5. Follow with push ups scaled to your fitness level.
Feeling motivated to do more?
Do 10 rounds (or 5 rounds if your pressed for time) of 10 push ups, 10 sit ups, 10 squats