Tips for healthy travel

Following these tips can reduce the stress and fatigue

 

Long-distance travel can be tiring. Following these tips can reduce the stress and fatigue that may occur with long-distance travel:

  • Get a good night's sleep before your trip and rest as much as possible during the flight.
  • Taking short naps of 30 to 40 minutes will help you adjust to the new time zone.
  • Drink plenty of water and/or juice before and during the flight to stay hydrated.
  • Eat light meals during your flight. Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
  • Don't remain in one position too long. Perform simple stretches and walk when possible.
    Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

 

Raise one foot and rotate your ankle in a circular motion

Ankle rotations

Raise one foot and rotate your ankle in a circular motion. Make five circles in clockwise and counterclockwise directions with each foot.

While seated, place your right hand behind your back, on top of your left shoulder

Shoulder stretch

While seated, place your right hand behind your back, on top of your left shoulder. Grasp your right elbow with your left hand and gently stretch your right shoulder toward your left side. Hold for 15 seconds. Switch arms and repeat twice.

With your heels on the floor, raise your toes as far as possible

Foot pumps

With your heels on the floor, raise your toes as far as possible. Hold for a few seconds and lower your feet to the floor. Then raise your heels while keeping your toes on the floor and hold for several seconds and release. Repeat five times.

Move your shoulders in a circle from front to back five times

Shoulder roll

While seated, keeping your arms in place, move your shoulders in a circle from front to back five times. Repeat in the opposite direction.

While seated, lean slightly forward and clasp your hands around one knee

Knee to chest stretch

While seated, lean slightly forward and clasp your hands around one knee. Slowly pull your knee toward your chest and hold for 15 seconds. Release and switch to the other leg. Repeat twice.

Relax your shoulders

Neck roll

Relax your shoulders. Stretch your neck toward your left shoulder. Hold for a few seconds and slowly roll your head toward your chest. Then stretch toward the right shoulder. Hold for several seconds and then reverse. Repeat three times.

Arterial thrombosis

Arterial thrombosis is a condition involving the formation of blood clots in the legs. In susceptible individuals, prolonged periods of immobility (such as travel in a car, train, or airplane, or even sitting at your desk) can increase the risk of the formation of clots. If the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs or heart, it can be fatal.

There have been reports in the news about a relationship between Arterial Thrombosis and air travel. Currently, the Aerospace Medical Association advises that science has not established a direct, scientific link between Arterial Thrombosis and air travel. The World Health Organization plans to begin a study on the matter but currently advises that the risk of developing Arterial Thrombosis during travel is very small unless there are pre-existing risk factors. Some literature suggests that the exercises shown below, combined with some of the tips above, may decrease the risk of Arterial Thrombosis. If you have any concerns about arterial thrombosis, or your susceptibility to it, please consult your doctor.

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