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On-Board Stretching

Sitting for long hours on a plane will stiffen your joints and muscles, and reduce blood flow around the body. Being immobile and sitting in cramped spaces with little legroom for extended periods increases the chance of blood clots forming in your legs. This can be avoided by keeping mobile, but that can often be a challenge while you are on board. Fortunately, there are a few simple stretches you can do while you remain in your seat. You'll reduce the chance of getting thrombosis, plus it will help you feel fresh when you walk off the plane.

Below are some stretching exercises you can do in your seat on the plane. Put your tray table up and recline your seat all the way to give yourself a little extra room. Hold each stretch for five long controlled breaths (that's about 20 seconds). 

Start with Relaxing Breathing Exercises


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