Whether he’s flying at 30,000 feet or waiting at the gate, Performix athlete and personal trainer Andy Speer gets it done.
BY ANDY SPEER
BOOKEND FLIGHTS WITH EXERCISE
This is especially important when you change time zones, as exercise helps combat jet lag and travel stress, and reset hormone imbalances that occur during long flights.
Time your pre-flight workout so it finishes up close to when you plan to leave for the airport. Once you arrive, work out as soon as you’ve unpacked and settled in. A good sweat session will replenish your energy levels and reset your circadian rhythm.
Aeroplane food – if it’s served at all – rarely earns rave reviews, so plan to eat a filling yet nutritious meal before takeoff and be sure to pack a shaker cup and protein powder. In-flight, have the protein shake.
That way you can also pass up the dry sandwich at the airport – and keep the $15 in your pocket.
STRETCH IT OUT
If you’re stuck in the air or on the road for hours, get out of your seat (or pull into a rest stop) and get in a quick stretch. This promotes blood flow to muscles and tissues, and prevents fatigue and tightness. On aeroplanes, I’m constantly stretching out in the aisle. My favourite stretches: the half-kneeling hip flexor stretch with lateral flexion; a Y press-out with chest stretch; and the calf and hamstring steps stretch.
HIT A DELAY? GET IN A WORKOUT.
Nothing can wreck your mood like a long wait at an airport. But you can make killing time less miserable by exercising: put on your backpack and headphones, crank up the tunes, pick up your carry-on (if you have one), and do single-arm farmer’s walks. I go back and forth, switching hands occasionally, from one end of the terminal to the other (bypassing those moving walkways, of course).
Trust me. Do 20 minutes of this for every hour you’re stuck at the airport, and the little bit of cardio, core stabilisation and grip work it provides will make the time go a lot faster.
Once you’ve arrived, stay active! Skip taxis – instead, walk, run or cycle around the city you’re visiting. If you’re in the mountains, hike. If you’re at the beach, swim and surf. Health benefits aside, you’ll get more out of any trip this way.
Plus, these activities break up the monotony of your normal routine, which can be stimulating and relaxing.