Regardless of the mode of transportation, long distance travel constrains circulation that can lead to the development of blood clots and phlebitis. Here a few ideas to keep the blood flowing! *
Move your feet! Foot exercises make the calf muscles work and help pump blood back up to the heart.
Move your body! In a plane or train, walk the aisles frequently; in a car, make regular stops to stretch your legs.
Stay hydrated! Drink healthy beverages, especially water. Avoid alcohol.
Wear graduated compression socks, stockings or leggings! It’s an easy way to relieve the symptoms of heavy legs, varicose veins, leg pain, swollen legs and swollen ankles. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing graduated compression as a preventative measure against a Deep Vein Thrombosis.