Travelling to relax in Thailand or to backpack in Australia – great! But latest after five hours sitting on the airplane the initial holiday feeling quickly disappears: The neck is stiff, the back hurts and the legs are heavy as lead. In this case, only one thing helps: sports. Doing exercises on the airplane seems like an impossible story… But only up to now!
Travelletics, the first sports app for the airplane proves the opposite. With this new app sports can be easily done whilst sitting. This is particularly important for long-distance flights: With the exercises the blood circulation gets stimulated and the risk of thrombosis reduces. Sports on the airplane instead of injections or stockings. Whoever wants to try it out can get Travelletics with just a few clicks on the smartphone or tablet before going on the next trip. The package “Basic Traveler” with more than 30 minutes of a total body workout is available for free. More information can be found at www.travelletics.com.
The face behind the new sports app is a well-known one: Schugufa Issar Amerchel, short Sia. In early 2018, Sia was known throughout Germany as the first Afghan fitness trainer based in Munich. “The Travelletics exercises are designed to easily work in confined spaces with limited legroom. From the neck and the shoulders up to the legs, the entire body is trained and gently relaxed. That’s how the blood circulation gets going on the airplane” explains Sia.
How it works: Download the app, create your personal profile and start doing sports above the clouds. Illustrative videos show how it works and explain what needs to be considered for each exercise.
The program starts with one major challenge for many travelers: exercising the neck and shoulders. Simple movements like neck circling or raising and dropping of the shoulders provide stretching and relaxation. It continues with back exercises which are crucial whilst sitting for long hours on the airplane. Subsequently follows the stretching of hands and fingers. Exercises for the straight and lateral abdominal muscles are also part of the program before continuing with the mobilization of the basin. The most important exercises come at the end: leg exercises.
The focus is here primarily on the calf muscles since they are crucial for the prevention of travel related thrombosis. Sitting for hours with bent legs worsens the blood flow in the veins. The consequences are well known: heavy legs. But also, water retention (edema) or in the worst case, thrombosis can emerge. A study by a group of scientists of the Harvard University found out that the longer the flight, the higher the risk of deep venous thrombosis is. “You can counteract this risks with simple exercises” says Sia. These can be found at Travelletics. The app is therefore also recommended by the vascular surgeon chief physician Dr med. Reza Ghotbi of the vascular center Munich.
The idea of Travelletics came up during Sia was on a flight: “I had a long-distance flight of over twelve hours. Whilst sitting I started with my whole-body workout. My neighbors looked at me and also joined in. I also instructed clients of my fitness classes in Munich to do some exercises in order to prevent heavy legs and tensions during flights. The positive feedback encouraged me to keep thinking about the topic and to develop the sports app idea for the airplane” explains Sia, fitness trainer and founder of Travelletics.
The unique feature of Travelletics: The stretching and relaxing exercises were especially adapted to the aircraft environment. Despite luggage compartments overhead or a narrow footwell, the exercises can be done easily and effectively. “You do something positive for yourself and for your body without having to be afraid of disturbing the person sitting next to you” says Sia.
So, what about arriving relaxed to the next business meeting in London or Paris instead of feeling tense? Travelletics is the perfect sport travel companion not only for long-distance but also for short-distance flights and business trips. During some exercises you can even look through your documents for the upcoming meeting or check your emails.
What works on the airplane of course also works when traveling by train, bus and car. Especially commuters can use their time on the train to recover for example from long time sitting at a desk.
At Travelletics everyone will find the right training – whether as a holidaymaker or a frequent flyer. The “Basic Traveler” app package offers free exercises for over 30 minutes for a total body workout. All other packages can be downloaded for only a couple of Euros. The motto is: No subscription. Pay once; use it. The “Short Fly Traveler” package offers 14 exercises ideal for short-distance flights. For long-distance flights travelers will find the “Frequent Traveler” package with more than 30 exercises for a pleasant time on board. Business people can enjoy the “Business Traveler” package with over 20 different exercises making use of a miniband and a theraband. Deep relaxation and stretching are found in the “Stretching” package which offers 14 exercises.
Not a moment of boredom comes up with Travelletics since each package consists of different exercises. All 90 exercises are available in the “All Traveler” Package for a total of 14.99 Euros without subscription. In addition, users also have the opportunity to upload on the app their own favorite exercises.