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How To Prevent Blood Clots While Flying

Watch more Tips for Flying videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Cut your risk of a blood clot while flying with these simple exercises. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Move around as much as possible Stand up and move around as much as possible -- walk the aisle or find an out-of-the-way spot to stand. Tip Stand in the galley at the back of the plane or next to empty seats. Step 2: Wiggle your toes Take your shoes off and wiggle your toes and flex your ankles once every hour or so. Step 3: Twist ankles clockwise and counterclockwise Lift your feet off the floor and twist your feet clockwise for 15 seconds while seated. Then switch to counterclockwise for another 15 seconds. Do three sets of these ankle twists every 2 hours. Step 4: Alternate lifting your heels and toes off the floor Put your heels on the floor and lift your toes as high as you can. Then put both feet on the floor and lift your heels up as high as you can. Hold each lift for 30 seconds. Do three sets every 2 hours. Step 5: Perform knee lifts Bend one knee and lift your leg off the floor, squeezing your thigh muscles as you lift. Then switch legs. Do 20 to 30 lifts on each leg every 2 hours. Tip Don't do any exercise that is painful or difficult for you to do. Step 6: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol Drink plenty of water during the flight and avoid alcohol. Don't sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time so you can get your exercise in. Did You Know? Deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots, is also known as "economy-class syndrome."
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