5 Stretches you Should be Doing Before Any Long-haul Flight

Until some mad scientists invent teleportation, flying still remains the best way of long distance travel. When people are strapped for cash, those economy seats really start to look like a bargain, and that’s perfectly understandable.

Stretches before Flights

However, the problem occurs when individuals have to deal with long haul flights. Those small, uncomfortable seats start to wear on the body after some time, and it’s absolutely vital to prepare ourselves in those situations. Stretching is the best way to do so. Unfortunately, some individuals tend to be too embarrassed for their own good, but trust me, there’s nothing like a good stretch to keep the blood flowing.

After you try it out once, we can practically guarantee you’ll be amazed with the results. Here are some of the best exercises one can do for some instant relief.

Neck rolls

The neck is the first problematic area that cannot withstand a lot of tension. Good thing about these exercises is that you don’t have to be an Olympic style athlete to perform them. Furthermore, you can do them straight from your seat at any time. There are multiple variations to these stretches, including rolling the head from side to side, downwards and upwards, dropping your chin all the way to the chest and holding on for a couple seconds, and so on. They don’t have to be overly technical, but they work wonders. A light massage also does the trick sometimes. Don’t be afraid to try it out.

Stretch those leg joints

Getting cramped up is the worst feeling in the world. First of all, it comes out of the blue, so you don’t even have the time to prepare, it doesn’t go away that easily, and it can come back at any time. Not to mention that it hurts like hell! Long haul flights make us more susceptible to cramps, but there are several ways to combat these annoyances.

The most important thing is to get the blood flowing through your legs. The best way to achieve this is by doing simple leg stretches, such as ankle rolls, knee stretches, or by giving yourself an intense massage. With the smallest of efforts, cramping up will become a thing of the past.

Quadriceps stretch

This exercise is an absolute necessity when working out on a treadmill in a gym, but did you know that it can help when taking a long haul flight as well? Let’s explain it in a more detailed manner.

First things first, make sure you have the perfect balance, by holding onto a wall or any immovable object in your vicinity. Afterwards, grab your right leg by the joint, flex it so that the knee is facing the floor, and try holding on for several seconds. Do the same process with the left leg as well. This simple stretch will release tension in the front thighs as well as hip flexors.

Calf raises

This movement will give you that terrible burning sensation in the calfs, as it specifically targets this area. Still, while it may be uncomfortable at first, it increases the blood flow immensely, which helps to avoid cramping up. There is no need for a huge number of repetitions, a few calf raises for each leg is all it takes.

To perform this physical activity, simply raise on your tippy toes until the heel is no longer touching the floor, and put it back down. Do you feel the burn?


Just like in the Beatles song, only without the shouting part, as you wouldn’t want to scare the other passengers. After sitting for a long time, the pressure starts to mount on the spine, and it’s important to get rid of it as soon as possible.

You can do so by grabbing onto the armrests (yeah, you’ll be hogging both armrests for a second, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do). Afterwards, start to twist your torso ever so slightly, increasing the rotation with every repetition. Doesn’t that feel great?

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