While we Texans have not been suffering at the pump as badly as other Americans, it is nice to see a drop in gas prices in time for the upcoming holiday. This should make your summer trips a little easier on your wallet. Where ever you plan on spending the Fourth of July or your summer vacation, it is likely that you are going to spend a few hours in seated position riding in a car. You can easily end up with a few cramps or pains as a result of staying in one position for a period of time. Foot and leg swelling are probably the most common issue you will run into and can be merely uncomfortable to potentially dangerous.
Put a little planning into you travel itinerary and this can become a non-issue. The biggest problems that can lead to swelling are dehydration and poor circulation. By sitting still, the muscles in your legs don’t get the opportunity to help pump fluids back to your heart, thus swelling. Add in tight shoes or cloths and you are looking at a quite uncomfortable trip due to poor blood flow. Loose fitting clothes and shoes that can be slipped off can eliminate that contribution to decrease circulation. Schedule periodic stops, about every hour, to walk around a little and allow your body to work your leg muscles. Consider drinking plenty of water and you will not only keep yourself hydrated, but allow for periodic stops to used the bathroom and exercise your legs!
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