5 Easy In-Flight Exercises.
Back in the 1980s, it seems to me the only exercise happening on airplanes was by members of the lofty “Mile High Club.” Couples, pilots and stewardesses would sneak away on those lengthy Transatlantic red eye flights to knock a little high altitude boots. These days, though, in flight fitness is the new fad, and for good reason: not only is it good for your circulation, but a little exercising on the plane also helps to lower your risk of blood clotting (also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
We’ve dabbled here and there with some in flight exercises. But it wasn’t until our recent Emirates flight from New York to the Maldives (and then back again several days later) that we decided to take our air fitness routine more seriously–as serious as you can at 36,000 feet, of course. So, we did some research and came up with these five fitness moves from wikiHow for our flight across the Atlantic and beyond.
Place your feet flat on the ground, hip-width apart and directly underneath your knees. Lift your heels up so that only the balls of your feet are on the floor, holding this position for five seconds before lowering them back to the ground. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
Roll Around the Clock
Extend your legs out in front of you. Slightly lift one leg and straighten it. Next, rotate your foot clockwise at the ankle 15 times and then repeat in the opposite direction for another 15 times. Switch legs and repeat the exercise.
Stretch it Back
Raise both hands way up over your head. Drop one hand back in between your shoulder blades, and then with the other hand, grasp the elbow of the opposite arm and gently pull towards your head. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds, before repeating it on the other side.
Lift your toes so that only your heels remain on the floor. You’ll want to hold this position for five seconds and then lower your feet back to the ground. Repeat 10 times, making sure that your breathing is natural and at a regular pace.
Stretch your right hand across your chest and left shoulder. Place your left hand behind your right elbow and gently press that elbow towards your opposite shoulder. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and then repeat on the other side for another 15 seconds. This is a great exercise to do while waiting to use the bathroom, since it requires a little extra room to perform.
3 Tips For In Flight Exercises
1. Plan to exercises in the airport as well as on the plane. It’s good to stretch out your sore and tired muscles before, during and after your flight.
2. Staying well-hydrated during the flight can help with muscle fatigue and jet lag. I know it can be difficult, but to keep your body feeling good after the flight, limit or avoid alcoholic drinks when flying since they can dehydrate you.
3. When exercising in your seat, be considerate of your neighbors. Be careful not to impede on their space or bump their seat.