If you're travelling long distance across the UK this summer it's important to keep your legs healthy. Here are a few simple tips that might help you when travelling this summer:
Protect against DVT
If you are travelling long distance, or staying seated for long periods of time this summer, make sure you wear compression socks or stockings, which look and feel the same as normal socks. By having long periods of inactivity you are at an increased risk of developing conditions such as deep vein thrombosis. Read more about DVTs
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated; make sure you have a small bottle of water to hand wherever you're going. You should aim to drink at least 6-8 glasses or cups of fluid a day, this can be water or sugar free juice. If you have a leg wound it is especially important to drink an increased amount of water.
Stretch your legs
If you’re travelling long distance, or even a few hours by car, make sure you take regular breaks and stretch your legs. It may only be for ten minutes, but a quick stroll in the fresh air will do you the world of good!
If you are flying this summer, you may be encouraged to stay seated for long periods of time. If you are unable to get up and stretch your legs, you can do a few leg exercises, such as rotating your ankles and lifting your knees while sat down in your seat.