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Simple Exercises You Can Do in the Airport on Your Next Layover

Make the most of your downtime at the airport! Check out the best and most simple airport exercises that will keep you fit and healthy!

Lots of traveling means lots of time sitting on our behinds… before the flight, flight delays, layovers, on the flight… Let’s get up and move! After all of that holiday food it feels good to stay fit and all of the downtime at the airport is the perfect time to get some exercises in! Here are some simple exercises you can do at the airport (that keep you from touching the floor and that won’t make too many people stare).

exercise at the airport


squats at the airport

Work that behind while you’re waiting at the gate. Feet are hip width distance, put the weight in your heels and squat to 90 degrees.


Find an area that isn’t too crowded and lunge out with one leg forward or backwards. Ensure your front knee doesn’t go past your toes.

Lunging at the airport

Chair Push Ups

Do a push up with your hands on the edge of a chair so you aren’t touching the airport floor.

Wall Sit

No seats available? No problem! Sit up against a wall with your legs at a 90 degree angle and hold it for as long as you can.

Tricep Dips

Hold yourself up on the edge of a chair and lower yourself down. The farther forward you extend your legs, the harder it is.

chair push ups

Walk / Climb Stairs

climb the stairs to exercise

Take a few laps around the airport and go up and down the staircase as many times as you can.

Seated Leg Lifts

You can do this one even on the plane… if there is any leg room that is! Squeeze your thighs as you raise your legs out in front of you.


stretch before your flight

I like to sit on the chairs and stretch out before I get on my flight.

These are just some of my favorite airport workouts because they usually don’t make people stare, and they keep my hands off of the dirty airport floor. Do you have any other exercises you like to do at the airport?

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About the Author

Felicia Broccolo // Ciao Felicia

Felicia is a travel blogger and adventure lover on a budget who is continually traveling while working! She is currently working as an AuPair in New Zealand. Check out her blog and Instagram, @CiaoFeliciaTravel, to follow her adventures and learn more travel tips!