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Great Ways to Exercise on a Plane Journey

I enjoy flying and enjoy exercise as well, but sometimes the two are not compatible. However, I’ve found some great ways to do some exercises while on the plane. It’s very tempting to watch a movie or read a book, but sitting for long periods of time can have negative effects on your health. Exercise is important to prevent deep vein thrombosis and there are stretches and movements you can do to reduce health risks. Check out a few great ways to exercise on a plane journey.

Back stretches

Back stretchesWhen you sit down for long periods of time, it puts stress in your back. During the flight, your muscles get to be strained, which could bring about back torment long after you have landed at your place. To lessen the stiffness, lower your upper body down so your chest touches your thighs. To get a mini-ab exercise and increase core strength at the same time, try to engage your abdominals.

Exercise for your feet

Raise both of your feet off the floor and begin drawing circles with your toes while moving one foot clockwise and the other anticlockwise. Follow this with foot rocks. At that point your heals upwards and set both feet back level on the floor. Now raise your heals, keeping the balls of both feet on the floor. Be sure to repeat for 30 seconds. This activity will build blood stream and lower the likelihood of swelling.

Neck and shoulder exercises

These activities are ideal for relieving tension and stress on flights additionally at work. Move your neck from left to right and somewhat extend each side. Shoulder rolls increase blood circulation as well. Do this every 30 minutes to loosen muscles and relieve tension.Neck exercises

Add a few lunges

Stretching your legs is a must on any flight but why not add a little spice to it? Add several lunges on the way to the toilet and back. Sure, this will amuse your fellow passengers, but who cares if you look a little silly? You might never see any of them again!


This is one of my favorite exercises to do on a plane journey. Punch forward, but don’t hit the seat in front of you, and make sure you engage your abdominals at the same time. Then follow with upward punches. This will increase your heart rate slightly and it’s a wonderful stress-relieving exercise.

Do knee lifts

knee liftSome of the time flying can bring about the veins in the legs to compress, which can make it more difficult for the blood to get back to the heart. While there are no stairs in a plane, you can do some knee lifts, which includes raising your knees up off the seat as though you are climbing the stairs. Do knee lifts 30 seconds and make certain to hold every knee while holding your back straight.

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