Inactivity is a killer, and nothing drives me crazier than sitting in a airport with nothing to do. After the first 30 minutes, I feel like I’m jumping in my skin. My body gets stiff and uncomfortable; and when my body isn’t happy, I’m not happy!
We’ve collected a group of activities to get you active while you wait for your flight. Remember, these exercises are lightweight to no weight, so be sure to flex your muscles each time you perform the exercise. Try to connect your mind to the motion so that you can get as much muscular activity as possible.
Before the Workout
Remember to be active in the airport even before you do the exercises. Take the stairs instead of the escalator; walk the distance instead of using the moving walkways (even though it can be fun) and, if you have time, make sure to try and walk to the terminals instead of taking the rail link.
Side Note: We’ve tried to make these exercises as inconspicuous as possible so as not to draw too much attention to yourself.
30-Minute Airport Workout
3 x Suitcase Walks – Walk the distance of about 100 yards with your suitcase in one hand, then switch hands and walk back. This will give each shoulder and your forearms a great workout.
4 x Stair Walks – With suitcase in hand, find some stairs, walk up (1-3 flights), and then take a 1 minute break. Walk back down the stairs. Switch hands with your suitcase and repeat.
4 x 25 Calf Raises – Hold your suitcase and press your toes toward the ground, flex your calves, and pause at the top of each rep
4 x 20 Suitcase Shrugs (each arm) – Hold your suitcase in one hand, press shoulders upward towards your ears, and then bring back down. Repeat.
4x 15 Suitcase Side Bends – These are just like dumbbell side bends, just hold your suitcase instead!
Glutes – Raise your knee to your opposite shoulder, wrap your arm around your knee, and try to bring the leg as close to your shoulder as you can.
Hips – Place your ankle on your opposite knee and gently press down on your leg for a deeper stretch.
Calves– Extend your leg, keep your knee locked, raise your toes, and try to grab them with your hand.
Lower Back – Cross one leg over the other, and turn your body towards the raised leg to stretch the lower back.
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