During this season, we begin to plan trips to visit our loved ones far and near. Some of us will travel hours back to our hometowns or other countries to celebrate the season with family. To ensure that we end the year in joyous celebrations, it is important we understand the perils of long journeys and how to mitigate the effects of these journeys on our health.
To stay healthy during these long trips that are over four hours either by road or air, it is important to be mindful of the following:
1. Dress comfortably, because clothes that constrict can cause compression of the blood vessels.
2. Drink lots of water and keep drinking water to avoid dehydration.
Dehydration can promote deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and its complications. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that develops in a deep vein and can break away in smaller clots to vital organs through the bloodstream causing severe injury or death.
3. Triggers of DVT are prolong physical immobility such as long journeys, blood clotting disorders, family history of obesity, heart disease, obesity, pregnancy, recent major surgery, smoking or age.
4. Walk often, take a break to stretch your limbs, perform a few exercises and change leg positions often.
5. Wear compression socks and avoid crossing your legs at the ankle or knees.
6. If you have any respiratory or heart condition, check with your doctor if your travel time will be longer than six hours.
7. Remember to have your daily medication on you as part of your hand luggage. If you are travelling internationally, you can begin a safe and enjoyable trip by using the complimentary lounge as a member of NARP50PLUS.
Stay fit and safe. Have a great holiday.