We have talked about staying fit at home, at work in your hotel room … (Is this how Dr. Suess got his start? Stay fit at home with a bone when you are all alone? Perhaps I should stick to my day job!) But what about when you are on the airplane? What? There is barely enough room to breathe on airplanes these days. But – stick with me – I am serious. You can move your body on a plane and maybe even inspire your seatmates!
Here are 6 options for you to try.
In your seat
Ab tightener: Sit straight up and take a breath, smile and make sure your glutes and core are engaged. Breathe out through your nose while drawing your abdominals up and in, so that it feels like your bellybutton is touching your spine. Hold this for twenty seconds while continuing to breath and smile. Relax and repeat another 2 – 3 times.
Arm pull: Clasp your hands, reaching your arms straight out in front of you at shoulder height. Take a deep inhale and smile. Keeping your hands tightly clasped, try pulling your hands apart engaging your shoulders. Hold for 10 seconds. Smile and exhale. Now, keeping your hands and arms in the same place take a deep inhale and press your palms together as hard as you can. Keep smiling and hold for 10 seconds. Exhale and release. Complete another 10 times.
In the restrooms (Now – make sure that there isn’t a long line and it is safe to be up and around):
Wall push ups: Place your hands on the wall at shoulder heights and slightly wider than shoulder-distance apart. Stand as far from the wall as you can in the small space and lift your heels. Inhale (smile) and bend your elbows and lower your torso in a straight line toward the wall. Just before your nose touches the wall, exhale (keep smiling) and straighten your arms to your starting position. Complete 10 – 20.
Heel raises: Keep your back straight, smile, exhale and lift your heels off of the floor. Raise your heels as high as possible before lowering them to the starting position. You can also do this exercise on one leg at a time. Complete one to three sets.
In the aisles (without getting in the way of the beverage cart!):
Squats or lunges – if you don’t mind being on display.
Walking in place near the restrooms. Again, make certain to follow the rules and not disturb your fellow travelers.
Are there other ways you like to stay fit on a plane (on a train without going insane …) Have you tried yoga on a plane? I would love to hear from you!
Move your body, put good things in and ENJOY every day!