Get some stretching done on board. Credit: Getty Images
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday — now it’s time for Workout Wednesday, American Council on Exercise’s newly declared “holiday” to get people moving and engage in fitness on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving. Workout Wednesday is also the busiest travel day of the year. How can you stay fit even while you’re waiting for your flight? ACE has a few tips for holiday travelers who want to get in a quick workout at the airport or while on the plane.
ACE’s Director of Professional Education, Anthony Wall, recommends the following easy ways to work on your fitness, even at the airport terminal. If you post a photo of your workout on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #ACEWorkoutWed, you'll be entered to win a trip to Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana.
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.
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 - Many airports across the country have exercise facilities, including walking paths and even yoga rooms, on-site. 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 even when you’re 30,000 feet up – 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.
For more ideas on quick and effective exercises, visit ACEFit.com.