Stay Fit and Healthy When You Fly

planeAre you traveling this weekend?  Over the next few days, airports will be packed with busy flyers heading home to see their families for the holidays. If you are one of them, use these tips from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to stay fit and healthy when you fly.

  • Don’t just sit there. Moving around before you board will make you feel better in the long run, and also help limit your risk of air-related health problems, including blood clots and jet lag.  Walk around the terminal, sneak in a few sit-ups, or even try some quick equipment free moves, like mountain climbers, push-ups or squats.
  • Use what you’ve got. Prefer to exercise with weights?  Take advantage of what you have with you – your carry-on bag.  The average bag weighs approximately eight pounds, and that’s without all of your belongings inside.  Instead of wheeling it down the terminal, carry it as you walk to add some extra resistance.
  • A little research goes a long way.  Miss going to the gym?  Many airports across the country have exercise facilities, including walking paths and even yoga rooms, on-site, and some airport hotels will let you use their gyms by purchasing a day pass.  A quick internet search will let you know if you’re traveling to or from one of these fitness-ready airports, so plan ahead and pack your workout clothes.
  • Keep moving in the air.  Pick an aisle seat, so you can easily get up and move about the cabin (when the seat belt sign is off, of course), and engage in simple stretching moves to keep your blood flowing, whether in your seat or in the back of the plane.  Work on your lower body by doing ankle rolls, toe taps and mini calf raises, and keep your upper body loose with arm, shoulder and neck stretches.

Once you arrive at your destination, use our list of creative workout solutions to stay active with family members throughout the holiday season.


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