Airplanes are pretty much a one-stop shop for aching muscles—an in-flight plight that you can chalk it up to hours of sitting with your legs at a 90-degree angle, surviving on tiny bottles of H2O, and failed elbow room negotiations with your neighbor.
Even if you’ve resolved to do lunges in the aisle once the captain has turned off the seatbelt sign, you’ll still need a few other tricks up your sleeve to keep your bod in good working order for when you land. In search of the ultimate muscle-TLC pro tip, I asked Charlee Atkins—superstar master Soul Cycle instructor, creator of Le Sweat and Le Stretch, and co-leader of Well+Good’s inaugural retreat—to weigh in on one game-changing piece of gear that she swears by for a super smooth flight (Bonus: It won’t even take up space in your carry-on).
“Wearing compressions socks boosts circulation which is very important for me particularly since I tend to be pretty physically active as soon as my feet hit the ground at my arriving airport.”
What’s her, *ahem*, le rec? “Wearing compressions socks boosts circulation which is very important for me particularly since I tend to be pretty physically active as soon as my feet hit the ground at my arriving airport,” says Atkins, who used to suffer from restless leg syndrome after every flight. “It’s also funny to see the indents the socks leave post-flight. Note to self: Post that to Instagram next time.” Happy muscles and an Instagram opp? Sign me up.
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