If you spend a long flight on an airplane, this could mean that you're on your way there Living on vacation – but all those hours of cramped hours can be hell for your body once you've left the tiny seat.These first steps from the ramp can be painful, so do you want to get it done
Coach Charlee Atkins, CSCS, shakes off the long stiffness with a series of airport-friendly bodyweight exercises that can be used as a quick full-body workout. "Flying is very stressful on the body," she says. " The stuffy cabin, recycled oxygen, and altitude should keep you away from intense training right after a flight, but do something as light as that to help you rebalance.
Atkins says the routine will help "re-mobilize the body by sitting up for long periods, powering up the core, pumping up the bloodstream, and only giving you the second wind you need when you're on the move.
If you are brave enough to be active in the terminal after putting it on, just drop your luggage and make sure you have some freedom of movement.
Perform the following exercises as a circuit 12 repetitions of each movement with little or no rest until you have completed a total of 3 rounds.
Squat + Oblique Crunch
Perform a body weight squat with your hands on your head. Raise one leg and grind down to touch the same elbow on your knee Repeat on the other side.
Squat + Crossbody Crunch
Perform a squat with body weight with your hands on When you straighten up, lift one leg and turn your body towards that knee Repeat this on the opposite side.
Get into a push-up position and hold a plank with your weight on your hands and toes. Keep your spine straight, push one knee up towards the chest and then back. Repeat with the other leg.
Standing Ab Crunch
Reach your arms overhead. Get one leg up and hold it straight as you push down to touch your toe with both hands. Repeat the process on the other side.
Although you'll want to take advantage of this circuit at the airport, it can also serve as a quick workout if you want to move the blood with minimal effort or effort. Want to learn more from Atkins? Take a look at our series with their training tips: Try Her Move.
Brett Williams is Associate Fitness Editor at Men's Health.