Health Tip: Move Around on a Plane

Health Tip: Move Around on a Plane

Health Tip: Move Around on a Plane

On longer flights, walk through the cabin every 30 minutes

(HealthDay News) -- When you're stuck in an airplane seat, your blood can pool in your feet, increasing the risk of developing a blood clot.

The American Council on Exercise suggests how to reduce your risk:

  • If your flight is three hours or longer, take a walk through the cabin at least every 30 minutes when it's safe to do so.
  • When sitting down, stretch your legs as much as possible.
  • Make sure clothing fits loosely and comfortably.
  • If you nap, don't sleep for longer than 30 minutes.
  • Ask for water instead of caffeine or alcohol.
  • If you have a layover, take a brisk walk through the airport.
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