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If you’re thinking an airplane may not be the best place for an all-out workout, it’s likely your seatmate would agree. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active during a flight. Whether you’re on a cross-country journey or hour-long trip, working those muscles, joints and limbs can lower your body’s risk of blood clotting. Best of all, these subtle routines can reduce jet lag. The next time you’re 40,000 feet in the air, try to spend a few minutes on these moves.
Ankle Circles: When relaxing in your seat, you want to make sure to avoid your ankles swelling. Lift one leg slightly above the ground and rotate the ankle clockwise. Repeat 15 times and then switch legs.
Neck Rolls: This is move is crucial to keep your neck from getting stiff. Drop your ears to your shoulders and gently roll your neck side to side, left to right. This can help create movement in your upper body to release tension.
Knee Lifts: It’s easy for your legs to fall asleep when you’re glued to the same position for hours on end. To wake up your leg muscles, try placing one foot firmly on the ground while simultaneously lifting the other knee. Repeat on both sides, 10-20 times each.
Seated Spinal Twist: To release tightness in your lower and upper back, sit at the edge of your seat and cross your legs. Put left hand on right knee and turn towards your right side while exhaling. Do on both sides to help feel a sense of lightness.
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