#BreatheMoveReact: Stretch for the Sky!

This month Ali shares tips on how to stay healthy and glowing whilst travelling.

Hey Folks,

It’s a quick one this month with soooo much going on. I booked a job that saw me fly home, get off the plane and go straight to studio. Fourteen hours on a plane does not make for a very present Ali on the day of arrival but, alas, it had to be.

 

Whenever I fly I make it my priority to get up and move as much as I can. I get cabin fever pretty easy and like to walk up and down and around. I love to find a little space at the back of the plane, get the blood flowing and loosen my body up with a mix of stretches and yoga poses. It changes all the time depending on how and what I’m feeling. It also helps me with alertness and allowing my body to release and relax when I sit back down. This in turn gives me better rest which means I get off the plane a lot fresher than most.

Rather than a workout this month, I made a quick time lapse of what helped me this flight.

Some of my go-to’s include:

1. Spinal Rolls
2. Necks Rolls
3. Extended Mountain Pose
4. Side Bends
5. Leg swings:Front-Back & Side-Side
6. Ankle/Knee/Hip Rotations
7. Wrist/Elbow/Shoulder Rotations
8. Calf raises
9. Standing Snow Angel, back against the wall, tummy tight.
10. Forward fold with hands interlocked behind back and extended over head.
11. Warrior Two flow to Reverse Warrior to extended Side Angle to low lunge to twisted lunge.

All of these are really great for moving fresh oxygenated blood around the body and for stretching and releasing those chair bound muscles that tend to cramp up even if you’re blessed enough to fly flat. At the end of the day, all our bodies are different and combat air travel differently. The most important thing is to move in a way that supports your needs and enhances your comfort.

The other things that help me arrive well include:

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate- I always buy at least two liters before I board and make sure I drink it all and refill the bottles at least once. This is great for the brain and clarity but also for combating that ghastly pale grey and flaky airplane complexion that usually goes hand in hand with long haul airtravel.

2. No more than one drink with dinner if any! We all know alcohol dehydrates on the ground but boy does it do it in the air three fold. It’s bad for the skin, the brain and the body. We’ve all been there, that place of total excitement for the trip ahead, wine in hand, 2,3,4 glasses later ending up nursing a delightful hangover for the first few days of arrival.

3. Moisturize your face and body. I love to have some Rose Water that I spritz before takeoff and then I have a wonderful hydrating overnight masque that I generously apply and arrive plump and hydrated. I also take body cream and am constantly applying to hands and wherever else needs it. Seriously, is there anything worse than feeling dry and scaly! Just NO!

4. Super Greens. I take a double dose of my super greens before we take off. Airplane food has definitely come a very long way but it is still airplane food. I feel like if I throw a big bunch of super greens in me, it helps my body digest and function during and after the flight. I always go for the option with the least amount of carbs and usually the veggie or fish option. I feel like it’s easier for my body to process. I also stay away from the sugar and desserts that wreck havoc with moods in regular life let alone when you’re stuck in a chair for a long amount of time! Just ain’t worth it! Probiotics and some vitamin C are really beneficial too, if you don’t already take them daily, you should definitely grab some for the plane.

As hard as it can be how lucky are we to live in a world where flying is so normal, getting from one continent to another in a day. It is so accessible for most to experience other cultures and go to far away lands. I love it!

I hope that the next month includes a travel opportunity for all of you!

See you next month,

Ali xxx


Alison McGirr QUT (BA Acting) is a lover of life, Activewear, and orange lipstick. Awarded the prestigious Jennifer Blocksidge Honour and Grant, she staged her first theatre production, The Interview, shortly after. Alison is part of The Heath Ledger Young Artist’s Oral History project being conducted by the National Film and Sound Archive. Having appeared in Home and Away as Molly Brenner, a move to Ireland saw her work on hit TV shows Penny Dreadful and Vikings. Once back in Sydney she trained with the Australian Institute of Fitness uniting her passion for fitness and acting. Ali has recently been cast as one of the leads in Ladies in Black directed by Bruce Beresford. She is currently in Australia filming.

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