According to statistics, approximately 8 million people travel on a daily basis. Flying for hours on end can cause stiff muscles, a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), heavy legs, and swollen feet and ankles. Those with poor circulation suffer most when traveling, however, thanks to cramped airplane seats and little leg room, even the healthiest among us experience leg pain. There is a way to ease your aches when traveling. Here are some:
1. Drink water before and during the flight. When one is dehydrated, our muscles, in this case our legs, cramp. If you often experience a Charlie Horse while flying, that is your body’s way of telling you that you need to hydrate yourself with water. So skip the coffee in flight and take in a lot of H20.
2. Travel with compression socks. They are designed to promote healthy leg circulation. Just make sure to buy compression socks that are around 10-25 mmHG as choosing the wrong size can defeat the purpose of wearing them while traveling.
3. Walk down the aisle. It’s a tight stroll but you must keep moving if you want to ease leg pain. Take breaks from sitting and walk up and down the aisle a few times during your flight, especially when you begin to feel leg pain.
4. Don’t store anything underneath the seat in front of you That way you have as much leg room as possible to stretch your legs in flight. If you must stuff a bag underneath the seat in front of you, pack light. That way you can move the bag to one corner, which still allows you to stretch and ease leg pain.
5. Exercise your feet. A great product that fits in you carry-on bag is the Support Tech. When you feel leg pain creeping in, press down on Support Tech repeatedly to alleviate aches and keep your feet elevated and moving.
6. Stretch. We’ve discussed the benefits of stretching at the office, but flying is no exception. Be sure to stretch your legs prior to the flight as well as while walking the aisle.
If you follow all these steps, you will begin to ease leg pain and travel much more comfortably in no time.