Flying Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain in the Back

Unless you’re an anomaly and fit snugly in those airplane seats without any discomfort, you’ll probably benefit greatly from reading this article further. Let’s face it, planes were never really made with the overall comfort of the passenger in mind, unless you’re taking first class into consideration. Packing as many people semi-comfortably on the plane is the goal for just about every airplane designer.

Long rides, and sometimes even short ones, on a plane can become awkward, painful and downright unconformable. Take a look at these tips to help you stay as comfortable as possible the next time you’re up in the sky.

Use a neck support pillow

Proper neck support is essential when sitting for a long period of time. Without sufficient neck support, the neck, shoulders, head and essentially the rest of the body, can be negatively affected. If you have a tendency to sleep on the plane, you need this item every time you fly.

Put support behind your back

This can be tricky, but most airlines will gladly give you a blanket upon request. Try rolling it up and slipping it behind your lower back to help give you more support. This also helps to keep the natural curve in your spine as you sit.

Keep your feet on the floor

This may be easier said than done for you short folks, but if your legs are long enough, it’s key to have them planted on the floor. This helps keep your posture upright so that you’re free from discomfort. Resist the urge to spread your legs out as you sit, at least for long periods of time, as this can throw off your balance and posture, leaving you uncomfortable in the long run.

Walk the aisle often

Get up and get moving. Get the blood flowing and give your body a chance to stretch. This is essential on those long flights, as the body does not function well cramped in one position for a long period of time. Better blood flow means a better and more relaxed you. 

Drink up

Remember to keep hydrated as you fly. It’s best to avoid caffeine or alcohol, as they dehydrate the body, and at great altitudes, it can be tricky to rehydrate the body efficiently. Opt for coconut water if possible, as it does a better job at keeping the body’s levels regulated than regular water does.


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