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Flying High or Flying Low? Stay Healthy the Whole Way

By Sandy Schroeder

Travel never really stops, and I’m sure many us may find ourselves in the air as we head through the New Year. Staying safe and healthy the whole way just makes sense.

Here are some tips from Well and Good to avoid bloating, stiffness, puffy feet, and sore muscles. When we are in the air most of us know we should drink lots of water, go light on the alcohol and caffeine, and avoid salty foods. But what happens when we land?

When You Land

When you deplane, here are a few ways to quickly get back to your best self wherever you are. You may be checking into a hotel, or winding  up a trip and finally making it home. Either way, it’s time to avoid jet lag and move on.

Head for the water – A top yoga instructor recommends getting into the water as soon as possible after a flight. It could be a bath, shower, or the ocean if you are really lucky. A warm flow of water can soothe the nervous system and comfort tense muscles.

Stretch immediately – As you collect your bags, flex your fingers and stretch your arms to shed that stiff, in-your-seat rigid feeling, and get your circulation going.

Breathe some fresh air – If you can, get outside right after your flight. Treat your body to big scoops of non-recirculated air, natural light and open space. If you are at a hotel, check in, drop your bags and head out for a quick walk outside. At home, pause for a few minutes on your balcony or patio, or in your backyard.

Move your body – After a long flight, rolling out that exercise mat to do some of your usual fitness routines will help you relax and avoid overall stiffness and soreness.

If you are a yoga person, doing a “forward fold” and “downward dog” to release hamstrings and a few “cobra” poses to stretch out the shoulders, back and belly, will work.

If you regularly use a gym, drop by yours or find out what your hotel has to offer. Slipping back into your regular workouts will up your mood and keep your body moving.

Keep the water coming – It may seem natural to reach for coffee, ice tea or a glass of wine after a flight. If you do, make sure you mix in lots of glasses of water, too.

Wherever you are headed, take the time and make the effort to give your body the best of care. Your body and your mind will thank you with top-notch performances.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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