This is such an amazing age to be living in - an age when we can decide on the spur of the moment to travel across oceans in a big silver (or white or red etc.) bird to go to exotic destinations for work, leisure and learning. Last week I jetted off to Bangkok for an amazingly full and enlightening 3 days of learning. This learning was once again about the functions of the feet and how they affect the rest of the body. To my great excitement, this time it was all so clear - everything made sense and what's more, it has brought to light the learnings I undertook late last year as well. Concepts I was struggling with are now understood and I hope to integrate into classes real soon.
One of the downsides of travelling is the amount of time spent in the confined space of a plane seat and travel delays. I was truly blessed on my first journey to have 1 1 /2 seats to myself and the return trip I scored 2 seats - a true luxury where I could lie down (almost comfortably) with my legs up the wall. The return trip was marred by an almost 7 hour delay, made worse by the fact that the original time of 9.40pm (convenient after a day of study) was set back to 4.15am. What to do when you have so much time? Well, I walked. First I went shopping for about 4 hours - truly surprising Bob by not purchasing anything other than plane snacks - and had my last Thai meal - delicious. Then off to the airport where I managed my 10,000 steps for the day before 3am.
What truly surprises me is that seemingly most of the other people on that plane spent the waiting time sitting. Sitting in the airport cafes, sitting in the seats along the airport corridors and finally sitting in the gate lounge. Then....they get to sit in the plane for 8 hours. Will sitting really kill you? Not particularly. What isn't so great is sitting for lengthy periods of time with little or no movement. The same can be said for standing. Our best practices revolve around moving and moving often. Even if you are stuck waiting for a plane, you can get up and walk around or even just keep changing positions in your seat - maybe stand up and sit down a few times. It all helps keep the body moving for a more pleasant life.