Pins and Needles, muscle cramps and cabin fever no more. The team at CT have devised a must-try workout routine, to keep you limber ahead of a long flight.

By Annabel Fuller

Working out is a great way to prepare for a long bought of sitting and to revive your body after a long flight. Nowadays some airports offer gym facilities, and classes like yoga but the team at DL know you don’t need a gym pass to get a good workout. We tested the best exercises for a conspicuous, space-conscious and smell minimising (yet effective) workout in an airport.

Triceps dips

Perhaps the least conspicuous of the list is triceps dips. Find any available seat at your gate and face away from the seat, straighten your arms, placing both palms against the edge of the seat behind you and extend your legs out in front of you. Dip up and down with your arms, keeping your back straight.

Lift weights

You can substitute dumbbells using items from your carry-on like a filled water bottle or suitcase. Using the item, you can try bicep curls, weighted lunges and arm raise. Just because you’re stuck on a long layover it’s no excuse to skip weights day.


If lifting weights isn’t your thing, or you didn’t pack any carry-on, squats are a great bodyweight workout that requires little to no space. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and rest your arms by your side, while bracing your core and keeping your back straight, bend your knees and push your hips back as if you are about to sit in a chair. When your thighs are parallel to the floor, pause and slowing straighten your knees. Repeat as desired, or until the final boarding call is announced.

Seated leg raises

This exercise is a useful one to have in your arsenal as It can be completed on board the plane as well as in the terminal. Take a seat and with a straight back and strong core slowly lift your feet off the ground, using your core muscle to suspend your legs, hold for 15 seconds and repeat.

Walk and climb stairs

If gyming in public isn’t your style, we’ve still got you covered. Researchers from Harvard University found that walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. So, get up and explore the shops, discover the airports best terminal and take the stairs where possible.

You know you’ll regret not taking the opportunity to freely roam and move your body when you’re stuck in the middle seat for the next 10 hours so get up and active.