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Carry-On Wellness

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No matter the duration of your flight, it’s important to take good care of yourself. What you do—or don’t do—aboard the plane makes all the difference in the world when it comes to your wellness. To ensure that you stay in top form, follow these tried-and-true tips for self-care in the air. Practice BreathwalkingPre-flight, use your airport time wisely by practicing what Jim Nicolai, MD, author of the book Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living, calls “breathwalking.”  Instead of sitting while waiting for a flight, he uses breath and walking as a way to meditate. Breathwalking is simply taking your breath and syncing it with your stride. Take four simple breaths in, four simple breaths out—matching them with each stride. “Get into a rhythm, allowing your breath to be more in than out,” Dr. Nicolai advises. “If you can get your breath lower and deeper with your belly, your diaphragm acts as a vacuum and helps with your walk to circulate more fluid and relax you at the same time.”Avoid the BloatWe retain water when we fly (ever notice how much your hands and feet swell by t …

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