With more and more breaking stories concerning the importance of movement, stretching, and proper circulation while being sedentary, it is vital that those who vacation on the road be aware of how to protect themselves. Fortunately the methods to resolve any possibility of sedentary induced malady are simple, cost little, and require only knowledge and consistency. The most important steps to prevent too much sitting from causing you bodily harm include consistent breaks for movement, anti-inflammatory supplementation, weak anti-coagulant supplementation, and a knowledge of any important medical conditions.
Breaking for Movement, the 1 Hour Rule
Possibly the most famous incident involving a prolonged period of sitting leading to a near fatal condition, is the series of pulmonary embolisms experienced by tennis star Serena Williams. Williams was admitted into a hospital after feeling ill following a long flight. This highlights the importance for any individual, of any age or fitness level, to consistently move after periods of prolonged sitting. This has been embodied in the 1 hour rule, which simply states that any period of sedentary activity where the body is folded for longer than one hour, should be followed by a short period of standing up and walking to circulate blood and prevent clotting.
Those of us who are attempting to make good mileage while on the road may be loathe to make frequent stops to stretch our legs, but the potential health ramifications-which not only include immediate issues such as pulmonary embolisms, but increases in statistical mortality over time, necessitate that we make time for our health.
Anti-inflammation and Anti-coagulants
Circulation and blood clotting is not just the result of a sedentary posture, as the possibility for blood clots to form is primarily a product of highly inflammatory processes and a low source of natural anti-coagulants in the blood. The best way to combat these two concerns is to follow an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and regularly supplement daily nutrition with natural anti-coagulants, with the best way to do both being an omega 3 supplement. Omega 3 fats act as a mild anti-coagulant while simultaneously lowering inflammation. Other products or habits that reduce inflammation include engaging in high intensity exercise or eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, while simple, natural anti-coagulants, other than omega 3s, include aspirin.
Before even making plans to hit the road, you should first consult with your doctor regarding any increase in the risk for you to develop serious conditions after sitting for long periods. If you have a history of heart disease, blood clots, or stroke, it is a good idea to improve your health and take every precaution possible before going on your road trip and especially when you’re on the road.