Before our European babymoon, I asked my doc what I needed to do to help minimize stress on my body during travel. Funny enough, everything she mentioned is exactly what I do for travel to running events!
Car, train, and plane trips over 3 hours require a little extra thought and effort to help you feel your best at the end of travel. Here are my 10 suggestions for you whether you’re a runner, pregnant, or both!
- Wear compression socks. Maintaining blood circulation in the feet and lower legs will greatly reduce fluid build up and help prevent the dreaded “cankles”.
- Hydrate before, during, and after. Take your own water bottle so you can drink whenever you want. Getting up to pee a lot is a good thing because it helps keep your muscles from getting too tight and increases your circulation. Each time you get up, spend a few minutes stretching.
- Take 1 baby asprin to prevent blood clotting issues.
- Get up every 1-3 hours.
- Pack healthy snacks.
- Do a shake out run, walk, bike, or swim upon arrival. (Keep your compression socks on until you get this completed!) Just 10 minutes of exercise will go a long way with freshening up your muscles and getting the fluids in your body moving.
- Try some light stretching, foam rolling, or yoga to reengage your muscles actively.
- Massage your calves, feet, and behind your knees to open up your lymphatic system.
- Prop your legs up higher than your head for 10 minutes.
- Take magnesium before bedtime to help calm your restless travel legs and promote relaxation.
If you try these tips, let me know! I would love to hear about your travels.
*I am not a doctor, these tips are what has worked for me personally, but consult your doc if you have any concerns or pre existing issues.