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How to Make Air Travel More Interesting and Land Feeling Great

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Keeping active during a flight can enhance the adventure.

Right now I’m on a plane. I’m a long way up over the Atlantic Ocean and I’m feeling a little conflicted: I love to travel but I’m not a fan of sitting still.

I’ve been doing a lot of flying recently, and although I’ve been to some great places and met wonderful people, it still means I’ve been sitting down for long periods of time during air travel. That’s just not something my body is used to doing. In fact, I’m such a believer in keeping my body moving that I find it hard to sit still at home, too.

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How often have you seen a kid sitting still for a long time?

My constant need for movement makes me laugh, as I remind myself that I am constantly telling my kids to stop fidgeting and sit still. I’m typing this while confined to a chair and I’ve been hit by a revelation – kids have got the right idea. With all the known facts about how movement can improve your mood, it makes sense that kids are almost always happy. And it makes me wonder: should we ever be sat in one position for hours at a time? 

It’s my opinion that the human body is designed for movement. Sitting still for prolonged periods of time isn’t a great idea, especially as it can impact your circulation while also making you feel stiff and cranky. Many airlines provide an exercise sheet to encourage you to stretch and wiggle your feet to keep your circulation moving efficiently, and I encourage you to follow their instructions. Don’t feel that completing the exercise card routine once is enough – you need to listen to your body. If you’re on a long flight, then revisit the exercise card routine every couple of hours. And I suggest also adding your own moves to make sure stiffness doesn’t get a chance to build up anywhere. For instance, if you spend a lot of time reading or staring at a screen, then loosen up your neck muscles periodically. And if you fall asleep at an odd angle, then take the time to work out all the kinks systematically when you wake up.

Channel your inner child: keep on moving

Wondering about all this made me decide to do want my what body wanted – to move around. I just stepped into the aisle and stretched. And you know what? It felt wonderful. My low-key aisle aerobics were certainly worth the looks and smiles I received from fellow passengers.

I made sure not to get in anyone’s way and made the most of the small amount of space available. I’m not tall, so reaching for the ceiling felt great, and releasing the tension that had built up in my neck and shoulders was a relief. I’d say a few people were intrigued by my actions, and unfortunately everyone was too shy to join me. We are taught from a young age to sit still and not cause a fuss, but one curious passenger on my right asked a few fitness questions and I was happy to explain. I’m on a mission to inspire people to take ownership of their bodies. And if that means I also need to help people free themselves from social awkwardness, then so be it. Let’s all rid ourselves of the social awkwardness that comes hand in hand with going outside of what is considered normal.

Since returning to my seat, I’ve been daydreaming of how fun it would be if air stewards interrupted the quiet sedentary slumber with some upbeat music, combined with a few chair exercises to revitalize and energize passengers. It could even be done using the TV system, or they could do it over the intercom. I’m convinced it would spark conversations among chair partners about their views on movement or lack of it. I’m sure you have a few thoughts on whether this is a good or bad idea but, whatever you think, you know it will make for a more ‘interesting’ flight. 

Follow these tips and you’ll feel great when you land

Travel tip – Hydrate yourself often

Drink enough to stay hydrated inside and out. You may find that your skin looks better for it even after the harsh air conditioning on board. You’re also more likely to avoid a dehydration headache if you drink frequently enough to avoid ever feeling really thirsty. Drinking often will also mean that you have no choice but to move because you’ll be going to the bathroom!

Travel tip – Sit comfortably

Sitting with your back fully supported in the chair and being mindful of your posture combined with occasional lower leg, neck and shoulder stretches will ensure you get off your flight feeling refreshed and ready for action.

Travel tip – Move your body

At regular intervals throughout the air travel adventure, make sure you move. Make time to follow the exercise card if it’s provided, and embrace your inner child by fidgeting to your heart’s content.

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When I get off a plane, I have to hit the road full steam ahead, whether I’m headed to a fitness class or home to my excited (and fidgeting) children. It’s important that my body is feeling great and I’m ready to tackle my next challenge head on. So, next time you fly, shake your shyness and move around a little! You may be surprised by how liberated you feel.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Senior Director of Worldwide Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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How to Soothe a Sunburn by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert

How to Soothe a Sunburn

Posted by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert

How_to_sooth_sunburn_DiscoverGoodBeauty_If you enjoy being outdoors as much as I do then it’s very likely that you too have experienced a sunburn or two during your lifetime. And boy oh boy, are they hard to forget. The pain, the redness, the peeling…it’s a disaster for our skin. And the one thing we all look for post sunburn… is ways to help soothe our poor aching skin.

Unprotected sun exposure is a key contributor to skin damage, premature aging and even skin cancer. But lets face it, even those of us who take every precaution to protect our skin against the harmful UVA and UVB rays can sometime mess up. And when we get a sunburn we sure do pay the price. So, if you forgot to take cover in the shade, didn’t wear your Broad spectrum sunscreen or perhaps simply forgot to reapply after a quick dip in the pool I have a few tips to help calm your skin. If it’s red, if it’s in pain then it is screaming for your help and there are a few ways to soothe that sunburn.

Here are a few quick tips to help soothe the sunburn.

COOL DOWN

If your body feels like it is on fire after getting burned then you need to take a moment to cool down. Take a cool shower or bath to help alleviate the discomfort and to keep your overall body temperature from rising. Avoid washcloths, as even the softest cloth may feel like course sandpaper gnawing at your skin. Allow the cool water to cover your body to provide that cooling down comfort. If you can, forget about using soap. Doesn’t sound appealing I’m sure but, some harsh cleansers and fragrances in your bar soap or shower gel can aggravate your already irritated skin.

If you don’t have access to a cool shower or bath right away then try spraying your skin with cold water or applying cold compresses. Any little bit of cold water should give your skin a little bit of relief.

Top Tip: Don’t linger too long in the tub. If you soak for too long chances are your skin will become dryer and more irritated. You want to avoid dry skin at all costs. Remember dry skin leads to itching and scratching a sunburn, leads to PAIN!

LOOSEN UP

Depending on the location and severity of your sunburn you may wish to avoid any tight clothing or articles of clothes that are in troublesome spots. The straps on your bathing suit, the waistband on your pants and even the collar on your shirt can become major points of irritation. So, as soon as you can, take off your clothes to prohibit any unnecessary tightness or rubbing of your sunburned skin. If you can stay unclothed,  then go for it. If you can’t, cover up with loose fitting lightweight clothing to avoid the pain.

THE ALOE PLANT

Lots of people have used aloe for instant sunburn relief. For quick relief until you can get a properly medicated anti-irritant product, you could just snip off a couple of aloe leaves and squeeze the gel directly onto your burned skin.

But remember, there is no substitute for a true anti-irritant product. Look for a product that lists among its indications treatment of sunburn and skin irritation. Sunburn is a medical condition that should be treated properly.

STAY HYDRATED

When your skin is fried it is also dehydrated from the much needed moisture it needs to function at its best. Replenish your entire body with water during this time. If your body is hydrated it will help your sunburn feel better and heal faster. So drink up. This is also a good time to nourish and hydrate the skin’s surface to keep it from becoming dry, more irritated and itchy.

MANAGE THE PAIN

With most sunburn comes pain and inflammation. Taking an over the counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or aspirin can definitely help with the discomfort. Always take medication as directed on the packaging and discontinue use if you have any issues.

Sunburn can be a serious thing and should not be taken lightly. If you do experience a burn:

Get out of the sun right away. The longer you keep your skin exposed the more damage you may get. This exposure can ultimately increase your chances of skin cancer. Remove yourself immediately.

Check for blisters. If your skin has blistered as a result of the sunburn then you should consider seeking medical attention as soon as possible.

No one wants to derail his or her summer plans just because of sunburn. Go out and enjoy just remember to stay covered up and in the shade, wear an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. If your skin is starting to redden, remove yourself from the sun. Hey, there are a lot of indoor activities that are fun too. Think movies, bowling, mani/pedi and my favorite….SHOPPING!

Remember, the healthiest skin is the most beautiful!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.

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