6 Travel-Friendly Exercises to Do In The Airport’s Waiting Lounge

by Estelle Low
FITNESS  |  January 11, 2018
  • Make your idle minutes count
    1 / 7 Make your idle minutes count

    Instead of checking your phone mindlessly while waiting to board the plane, get up and do these invigorating exercises. They will prepare your body for the flight by relieving tension and improving blood circulation, so chances are you won’t leave the plane feeling 10 years older.

    Demonstrated by Beh Hwee Sze, founder of Upside Motion, these barre- and pilates-inspired exercises are easy to do – especially when you’re already in your comfy travelling top, pants and sneakers. Plus, they don’t require anything, except maybe your luggage and some heck-care attitude. Honestly, that rejuvenation you’re gonna get from these moves is worth much more than those curious stares.

    Photos: Upside Motion

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    2 / 7 1. SIDE STRETCH

    Benefits: The side stretch lengthens the muscles between your ribs and pelvis, and improves mobility in your torso and expansiveness of your lungs, allowing you to breathe easier.

    Do it: Place right leg on a sturdy ledge or chair. Keeping legs straight, reach over right leg with left arm until you feel a stretch in the left side of torso (shown). Keep hips square. Hold for 30 seconds and breathe throughout the stretch. Switch sides.

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    3 / 7 2. STANDING PIGEON

    Benefits: This pose opens up the hips and stretches the glutes, improving blood circulation and detoxification. It also strengthens the hips, knees and ankles, as well as increases your range of motion.

    Do it: Stand in front of a ledge or counter top. Shifting weight to right leg, lift left leg and rest thigh and calf on it. Flex left foot and hold for 30 seconds. For a deeper stretch, lean torso forward (shown) and hold for another 30 seconds. Switch sides.

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    4 / 7 3. TRICEP DIPS

    Benefits: Dips strengthen your upper body and improve endurance, so lugging your baggage around will be a breeze.

    Do it: Stand with back facing a ledge or counter top. Rest hands on surface behind you. Shift weight to right leg, then lift and straighten left leg to start. Bend elbows about 90 degrees to lower yourself for one dip (shown). Do 10 reps. Switch sides.

    (Also read: 7 Skincare Cleansing Sticks That Are Perfect For Gym Or Travel)

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    5 / 7 4. LEG PULSES

    Benefits: Leg pulses target the oft-neglected hip flexors, sartorius (the long muscles that run down the outsides of your thighs), and hip abductor muscles. They will define your core and lower body, release tension in the lower back and hips as well as prevent injuries. Definitely handy after long hours of sitting.

    Do it: Using a counter top for support, stand tall and balance on right leg. Lift left leg in front of you and pulse for 20 times. Without dropping left leg to ground, shift to the side and pulse for 20 times (shown). Then, in a continuous motion, kick left leg back and pulse for 20 times. Switch legs.

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    Benefits: The secret behind ballerinas’ sculpted calves, this classic barre move strengthens the calves, thighs and ankles. It also trains balance and stability.

    Do it: Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointing diagonally outwards. Tuck in tailbone and engage core. With arms gently bent in front of you or resting on a sturdy surface for support, lift heels, bend knees and lower torso (shown). Keep back straight. Squeeze glutes, then straighten legs to return to starting position. Do 20 reps.

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  • 6. PLANK
    7 / 7 6. PLANK

    Benefits: One of the most all-rounded exercises, the plank strengthens your core, improves posture, reduces back pain and helps you move with better control.

    Do it: Bend elbows 90 degrees and rest forearms on the ground or an elevated surface, like your carry-on luggage. Body should form a straight line from head to ankles, and elbows are directly under shoulders (shown). Engage abs and squeeze glutes. Hold for as long as you can in good form. Do five reps.

    (Also read: 6 Stretches You Must Do Before & After A Run)

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