Why it is important to keep moving on holiday.
Unfortunately, our veins need some help from the surrounding muscles to stop the blood from pooling. By moving your ankle up and down, you are stimulating what is known as our skeletal muscle pump. The muscles within your calf and shin are contracting and relaxing over the top of the veins pumping the blood back towards your heart. When we are sitting still this doesn't happen and the blood then pools in our ankles and feet, causing them to swell and potentially allowing clots to form.
But what about if you are stuck in a car, with little to no room to move (due to a full car of family, friends, presents, clothes, and even pets). The best course of action, and something I try to regularly do is split up driving time. Having short break periods to get out and stretch my legs, walk around, grab a coffee, or just find a small country town to explore for a few minutes. This is such a great way to get our body moving again, and activate that muscle pump.
The key thing to remember is to keep moving, in any way that we can. Our body wants to move, and loves to move. Being stuck in a small seat in a plane, airport or in the back of the car is not what we are designed for, so lets do something we know our body is meant to do.... Move.
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