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 cramped and the seats are small. You may be stiff and sore when you get 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 that you feel more refreshed when you get off the plane.
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I had Donnalee demonstrate the exercises.
#1 – Leg Drag
Take a step forward with your left leg and drag your right leg behind you. Contract your glutes and hamstrings, and stretch the front of your legs, hip flexors and quads. Switch and step forward with your right foot, dragging your left leg back.
You can easily do this in the aisle as you are heading to the back of the plane to the washroom. No one really cares what you are doing. This will help wake up your glutes and hamstrings. It will also loosen up the front of your hips and mobilize and move your pelvis area. This is helpful, as those areas tend to tighten up when you are sitting on a long flight.
#2 – Standing Back Extension
With your feet about shoulder width apart, cup your pelvis with your hands and arch your back as comfortably as you can. Hold this for a second or two and then return back to the start. Do 5 repetitions.
Standing Back Extension
This is a great exercise for about 95% of people. For others this exercise may not work. So start slowly with controlled movements. If this feels good, continue doing it. If it doesn’t, discontinue the exercise.
You can do the Standing Back Extension in the aisle or washroom.
#3 – Seated Reaching for the Sky
Perform this while sitting in your chair or in the washroom. Bring your arms overhead and reach for the sky. Try to decompress your spine, and decrease the stress that has built up in your spine from sitting for a long period of time. Put your arms down and relax.
Seated Reaching for the Sky
Hold for about 5 to 10 seconds; reach and try to decompress.
If you are on a plane and you are looking for some easy exercises that will loosen you up and rejuvenate you, give those three exercises a go.
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