Flying is a stressful experience for many people. Getting to the airport with enough time to spare, preparing the documents you might need, and making sure you’ve packed everything, it’s a lengthy ordeal to fly to another country. Then comes the flight itself. You’re seated on a cramped airplane with hours to kill and no place to go. It can be a fun little break for some, but for others, it can feel trapping. No matter how you look at it, sitting for too long a time can be damaging to the body, so it’s important to move a little throughout your flight. We’ve all seen those strange exercises and workouts some people do on flights that tend to make everyone around them uncomfortable, so we’ll avoid that. Instead, do these exercises that will fulfill that need to move while also keeping you from looking strange or attracting unwanted attention from your fellow passengers.
In all honesty, neck rolls are severely underrated. You can do them while remaining seated. Slowly drop your chin to your chest and then rotate your head five times in a clockwise motion. Repeat the same movement in the opposite direction. If you want to stretch your neck a little bit more, place your left hand on the top of your head and gently pull to the left before repeating on the other side. After doing this, you’ll already feel a bit of a release in your neck and shoulders.
Speaking of shoulders, the next thing to do is simple shoulder rolls. Sit with your arms relaxed at your sides. Slowly, roll your shoulders forward five times. Reverse the movement and do it five more times. You can alternate shoulders if you prefer – either way works so it’s up to you.
When you’re standing in the aisle, interlace your fingers behind your back. Bend forward slightly while lifting your arms up as high as you can. Repeat this movement five times. This will release tension built up in your shoulders, chest, and upper back.
Do this exercise when the seatbelt sign is off so you can unbuckle your belt. While sitting down, suck in your stomach as much as you can. Lean forward slowly and extend your arms all the way to the floor. Roll back up slowly until you’re back in a sitting position. Do this five times.
Place your legs at a 90-degree angle while sitting in your seat. Raise your heels up off the floor until you’re on your tiptoes. If you want to add a little more resistance, do the same exercise while standing up in the aisle and hold on to seats. Repeat this movement 10 times.
When you’re sitting down, lift your feet off the floor and rotate your feet at the ankles in a clockwise motion. Do this 10 times slowly. Repeat the movement in the opposite direction.
When the seatbelt sign isn’t on, use that time to talk around the plane every few hours at least. Doing this will ensure our blood circulates normally throughout the flight.