We made Time2Move at ISTH 2017

Earlier this month, our Thrombo Coach team headed to the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) 2017 annual meeting, which brought together thousands of the world’s leading experts to not just take in the sights, but also keep up-to-date on the latest trends on thrombosis, haemostasis and vascular biology.

 

Taking place in Berlin this year, the team sought out to get people doing what they do best… making Time2Move!

 

And in doing so, we decided to see if we could break a Guinness World Records title for the world’s largest chair-based exercise class and help raise awareness of the risks of deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot most often in the leg – at the same time.

 

 

For the record…

Hundreds of people got together at the event and participated in helping us reach our world record goal. Whilst we did fall short of claiming the record, the day was fantastic and we were amazed to see how many people took part for this epic group workout.

 

Our Thrombo Coaches reminded attendees of the risk of sitting for more than 90 minutes, which can reduce the circulation behind your knee by 50%, increasing the risk of developing blood clots 1. And they took it a step further by sharing easy exercises everyone can do the next time they’re stuck in a chair for longer than they’d like.

 

Missed us at ISTH 2017? Sitting comfortably? Let’s try out some of these easy chair exercises!

 

Lower Body Stretch

Get your blood flowing by slowly raising your legs, one at a time.

 

 

Alternate arm and leg

Work the core and get blood moving throughout the body by twisting your arms and legs in alternation.

 

 

Hip Marching

Raise each leg from the ground and march on the spot to help strengthen hips and improve flexibility.

 

 

 

Ankle Circles

Roll each ankle clockwise and counter clockwise to loosen joints and muscles.

 

 

 

Alternate leg heel digs

Heel on the ground, toe pointed up. Repeat for ankle-stretching goodness.

 

 

Shoulder Shrug

Raise both shoulders at once toward ears and drop downwards; repeat 20 times.

 

 

Triceps Stretch

Raise your arm and bend so your hand reaches toward the opposite side stretching your triceps; hold for 30 seconds each side.

 

 

Neck Rotation

Rotate neck from left to right (looking left to right) to help improve neck mobility.

 

 

Shoulder Stretch

Straighten one arm across your body and place other arm behind elbow to support the stretch. You with feel this in the shoulder blade; hold for 30 seconds each side.

 

 

References:

Thrombosis UK: The Thrombosis Charity. Reducing the risk of e-thrombosis. February 2013.

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