In this video, I wanted to go through the three best exercises to do on a plane. As everyone knows, when you are sitting on a plane you are clamped and the seats are small. You will get stiff and it’s achy when you are getting off the plane.
There is not a lot of room on a plane but there are a couple of exercises that you can do to keep your body loose and limber so it’s easier when you get off the plane. You will feel more refreshed when you get off the plane. We have three exercises that we will be doing.
3 Best Exercises To Do on a Plane
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I get Donnalee to do the exercises.
#1 – Leg Drag
You take a step forward with your left leg and you drag that right leg behind you. You contract your glutes and hamstrings, and that stretches the front of your legs, hip flexors and quads. You switch with your right leg step forward and then drag your left leg back.
You can easily do this in the hallway when you are heading to the back of the plane to the wash room, no one really cares what you are doing. This will help waking up your glutes and your hamstrings, which is good. It will also loosen up the front of your hips and mobilize and move your pelvis area, which is great as those areas tend to tighten up and are not working when you are sitting on a long flight on a plane.
#2 – Standing Back Extension
You have your feet about shoulder width apart or a little bit wider. You cap your pelvis with your hands and arch your back as comfortably as you can. Hold it for a second or two then come back to the start. You will do it again for about 5 repetitions.
Standing Back Extension
This is a great exercise for about 95% of people. They will enjoy it. It feels good and it will loosen up the back, but this is not a great exercise for about 5% of people. It is going to bother them. So start slowly with controlled movements in doing this exercise. If it feels good, continue doing it. But if it doesn’t, discontinue the exercise.
With the Standing Back Extension, you can do it in the hallway and you can also do in the washroom. If you don’t want to do it since anyone sees you, you can do it in the toilet. There is enough room in the toilet in the airplane to do this Standing Back Extension.
#3 – Seated Reaching for the Sky
You can do this while sitting on your chair on the plane or you can do this in the bathroom. You bring your arms over head and you try to reach for the sky. Try to decompress your spine, it’s almost like pulled apart, and decrease the stress that’s built up in your spine from sitting for a long period of time on the plane. Then you put your arms down and relax.
Seated Reaching for the Sky
You will do it for about 5 to 10 seconds, reach and try to decompress. Do it 5 times with 5 seconds for each repetition.
There you go, if you are on a plane and you are looking for some exercises that will loosen you up and rejuvenate you, give those three sets of exercises a go.
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