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Delta's New 'Sweatlag' Program Wants to Help You Beat Jet Lag

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 7/10/2018 Bridget Hallinan
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We've all got our cures for jet lag: gallons of coffee, copious naps, even healthy food. And late last month, Delta announced that, in partnership with Equinox (yes, that Equinox), they'd be pursuing a remedy of their own: The two companies developed a program to fight jet lag with exercise, and they've named the program...Sweatlag.

The partnership, in many ways, makes sense: According to a 2014 study cited by Delta and Equinox, the more physically fit you are, the less prone you are to jet lag. Add in a post-flight workout that elevates your heart rate, and you'll acclimate to a new time zone even more quickly. There's also a time hook: Sweatlag was launched in conjunction with Delta's new LAX-based Airbus A350, which features wider windows, ambient lighting, and better cabin pressurization to help combat jet lag.

With this in mind, the airline and Equinox are offering Los Angeles Delta customers limited-time sessions of free Sweatlag classes—yes, free—that are specially tailored to boost your energy.

“Each exercise is based on movement patterns we perform on the go (like carrying suitcases and placing your bags in the overhead bin) and ones we need to do as a result of our sedentary habits en route,” Dana McCaw, Los Angeles-based creative manager of group fitness at Equinox, said in a statement.

Sweatlag classes are officially live as of today—just head to participating Equinox facilities in West Hollywood, Westwood, and Marina del Rey, where Sweatlag classes will be available until August 2. All you need to do is bring your Delta plane ticket or SkyMiles member number (and a water bottle, probably). If you're not in the area, fear not: Sweatlag also released a series of online videos with the circuits, so you can still get that free Equinox workout, even without a boarding pass. The exercises are a mix of low and moderate intensities; high intensity training isn't recommended, as it would put too much stress on the body.

As a somewhat avid gym-goer, I was curious to see if Sweatlag would actually work. Some of the listed steps, like planks and figure 8s, are all exercises I've previously incorporated into my workouts (albeit, midday and in the afternoon, when I'm wide awake). But in the past few weeks, I've been dragging myself out of bed at 6 to head to the gym—and the fast-paced sessions woke me up right away. Granted, I was still grumpy (I repeat: 6 a.m.), but I definitely felt more energized and ready to take on the day. I won't be flying until later this fall when I head to Croatia and Slovenia, but once I land, I'll test out Sweatlag IRL.

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