How to avoid jet lag on a long flight

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Tips to Avoid Jet Lag on a Long Flight

If you've got a long flight and want to avoid jet lag, don't reach for the coffee. Instead, try out these tips:

Get active

Lift those knees and circle those feet! An infographic from U.K. tour operator Thomas Cook lists a few things you can do to improve your circulation and ease jet lag at 35,000 feet, and it starts before you board the plane. A good first step is to take a stroll around the airport.

Eat right

Avoid eating a heavy meal before you get on the plane, wear comfortable, breathable clothes and avoid caffeine which will make you dehydrated.

Do in-flight exercises

Once you're in the air, keep your blood flowing by twirling your feet in circles, both clockwise and counterclockwise five times. Now pump it up! Keep both heels on the ground and lift your toes as high as you can. You can also try lifting your knees for 15 seconds, rolling your shoulders, rolling your neck back and forth and bending forward so your chest touches your thighs.

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