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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