If you're a jet setter, you'll be well aware of the aches and pains that accompany long hours of sitting in a plane.
However, movement and simple exercises can help prevent the discomfort and may thwart more serious problems, such as deep-vein thrombosis.
- Extend both legs and move both feet back and forth in a circular motion. Move the knee up to the chest and hold the stretch for at least 15 seconds. Put both feet on the floor and point them upward. Also, put both feet flat and lift both heels as high as possible.
- Do do some heel raises, toe lifts, ankle circles, overhead stretches, back twists, curl downs and toe-heel walking.
- Make sure you get up and walk around at least every two hours, and try not to sleep more than four hours at a time.
- Stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting clothing, eat light meals and limit your alcohol consumption.
- Elderly people and those with circulation problems should wear compression stockings that help prevent clots from forming in the deep veins.
These exercises will ensure that your leg muscles don't contract and will help prevent fluid buildup in the legs.