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In-Flight Exercises That Aren’t Totally Embarrassing

Read on for dignified and discreet stretches to keep blood flowing and muscles from tightening up on a long flight.

There’s one on every long flight: the well-intentioned passenger who takes to the aisle for a very public stretching session involving serious-faced lunges, side bends, and maybe even a yoga pose or two. Inspired—but also horrified—by these close-quarters calisthenics, I decided to take to the skies and try out more than two dozen in-flight exercises recommended by airlines then whittle the list down to the least embarrassing of the bunch.

On this list, you’ll find no thrusts of any kind and no attempted contortions that would make the stranger in the next seat blush. Read on for dignified and discreet stretches to keep blood flowing and muscles from tightening up on a long flight.

 

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: The Trtl Pillow. It's easy to pack and comfortable, and makes it so I can actually sleep on flights.

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Seeing the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of somewhere warm, like a glass igloo or hot spring.

Travel Motto: Curiosity is an amazing compass.

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: Aisle all the way.

Email Christine Sarkis at editor@smartertravel.com.

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