3 Tips for Healthy Legs in Long-Distance Travel

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Introduction

Trying to survive your 15-hour bus ride is very challenging. What about surviving your 21-hour flight? Have you ever felt a tingling sensation in your feet when you travel long distances? And have you experienced a sudden rush of blood to the head when standing up? Travelling for long hours can bring about a clot that forms in the veins of the legs. This clot can travel in the blood to clog life-giving organs like the lungs, brains, and heart.

Here are three tips for healthy legs in long-distance travel:

Wear comfortable clothing including compression stockings

On the one hand, comfortable clothing allows blood flow to move about unobstructively. This lessens the occurrence of tingling or numbness in the extremities. On the other hand, compression stockings improve blood flow and decrease pain in the legs. If the flow is improved, blood will not stay in one place, reducing the occurrence of clots. Clots can bring out deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Treatment for DVT may include oral medication and placement of a venous stent.

Take a short walk every 2 to 3 hours

Taking a quick walk down that aisle will improve circulation in the legs. Your bones and muscles are also strengthened which can prevent muscle wasting. Perhaps one of the most important benefit of taking a short walk is its effect on mood and general countenance. Doing exercise releases endorphins, also called the happy hormones of the body.

Drink fluids

Drinking fluids will prevent dehydration which in turn causes blood to thicken. If blood is thick, clots are more likely to form. The recommendation is to drink a glass of water every two hours. But hold still! Be sure to prevent drinking diuretics such as coffee or tea. Diuretics causes a person to lose more fluid in the body in the form of urine.

Taking care of our legs during travel is important, but it is equally important too to take care of our health even when we’re not travelling. Exercise, a balanced diet, and positivity will surely bring a person to live an extra ten or even twenty years.