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10 Easy Ways to Exercise on Your Next Flight

Whether you’re jetting off for a weekend getaway or you’re headed out of town for work, flying economy isn’t always the most comfortable ride. The good news is cramped seats do NOT have to mean cramped muscles. Survive your travels by staying active with these small-space exercises, none of which should bother your fellow passengers.


1. Seated Neck Release: Even if you’re lucky enough to fall asleep on the flight, you’re bound to wake up with a crick in your neck (especially if you forgot to pack a Mini Ostrich Pillow). This is a quick stretch to keep those aches at bay. (via PopSugar)

Seated Cat Cow

2. Seated Cat Cow: When the in-flight entertainment fails to distract you from your back discomfort, this seated variation on a popular yoga pose is a very good place to start. First, push your chest out while keeping your shoulders back and looking up towards the ceiling. Then exhale, rounding your back and rolling your shoulders forward, like an arched cat. (via About Health)

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3. Leg Movements: Drawing circles with your feet, lifting your knees regularly and massaging your calves are all very important to preventing deep vein thrombosis. For extra protection from blood clots, get yourself a pair of super cute compression socks. (via EVA Air)

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4. Get Up and Move: It’s tempting to just hunker down with a book or a movie for the duration of the flight, but once the fasten seatbelt sign turns off, you really need to get up. We’re not saying strike a Chaturanga in the aisle, but in order to get some real exercise you’ve got to get out of the seat. Set a goal to get up regularly, like whenever your seatmate heads to the galley. (via StyleBistro)

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5. Yoga Poses: Be sure to read through all 18 of these fantastic yoga poses that are air-travel friendly. We’re not just talking seat stretches either (although there are plenty of those). They’ve got a very discreet tree pose and a no-impact muscle-building stance. (via CNN Travel)

Seated Tuck Jump

6. Seated Tuck Jumps: This might be a tricky one for tall folks, but if you have the legroom then you can manage a very compact ab workout — even if you’re stuck in the middle seat. Keep your legs at about 90 degrees and pull them towards you quickly using your core, tapping your thighs to your palms. (via Shape)

Standing Calf Raise

7. Standing Calf Raises: The post-drinks bathroom line is always a long one, so why not make the most of that standing time? Calf raises help with all-important blood circulation AND tone your muscles. You can take it up a notch by raising one foot at a time, or by using a briefcase as a step and giving the bottom of your foot a much-needed stretch. (via Wikihow)

Leg Resistance

8. Resistance Training: The TSA says resistance bands are a-okay to bring in a carry-on bag and since they’re so compact, they’re a pretty brilliant solution to missing your regularly-scheduled gym visit. Try some leg lifts when the aisle is quiet, or seated thigh taps during a movie. Both are great, small-space workouts for sculpted legs. (via About Health)

Leg and Arm Workouts

9. Upper Body and Core: Check out the upper body workout you can get from simply lifting your own body weight. Not to mention the ab and hip movement you’ll get from this crossover leg lift. Who knew there was so much potential in such a small seat? (via Fitness Reloaded)

Yoga Room

10. Airport Yoga Rooms: Don’t forget the workout potential in your departure terminal. More and more airports are opening yoga rooms, so you can get your endorphins (and zen fix) in the midst of a hectic travel day. (via Wendy Perrin)

Do you have any favorite exercises to get you through painful, long-haul flights? Share your tried and true moves in the comments.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*