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Airplane Seat Hacks For a More Enjoyable Flight

Airplane Seat Hacks For a More Enjoyable Flight

Try these tips to make the airplane seat more comfortable and less damaging to your body.


If you're not flying in business class, your airplane seat probably sucks.

Sitting for an extended amount of time is already bad for you but the airplane seat takes it up a notch. The cushion isn't comfortable. There isn't nearly enough legroom. Airlines are so focused on cramming as many people into economy class as they can that you're almost sitting on top of the person next to you. Domestic flights are uncomfortable and long international flights can be a nightmare.

Many of us experience pain in our back, neck or legs during and after a flight. This happens because your hip flexors, hamstrings, quads and glutes shorten from the extended sitting. Combine this with a lack of proper blood circulation and you're headed for pain and tightness. So what can you do to make your flight more bearable?

    Check out this video by Kelly Starrett from MobilityWOD

    Here are some tips from the video you can try on your next flight:

    • Lift the arm rest to create more space.
    • Stay hydrated.
    • Get up and walk the aisle.
    • Bring a lacrosse ball and work out the knots in your body while flying.
    • While in your seat, extend your legs in front of you. Straighten your whole body and squeeze your glutes.

    Check out MobilityWOD for more great information on how to hack your body's mechanics and perform basic maintenance on yourself. 

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