If you travel for Thanksgiving to visit family (or escape the cold for a bit), you have likely experienced the pains of driving or flying during the busiest time of the year. Last Thanksgiving travel was projected to break a 12-year record, with around 50.9 million people in the U.S. estimated to travel 50 miles or more from home.
Since prolonged sitting is a common cause of muscle cramps, it’s important to be proactive when you travel, especially during the holidays when trips may take longer than usual. Follow these tips to stop leg cramps fast—or even prevent them from happening in the first place.
Stretch and Walk
Before you set out, take 10–20 minutes to stretch from your toes to your neck. Stretching loosens the muscles, which helps the blood flow properly. During travel, occasionally vary your position, massage your legs and calves, and stand up for a couple of minutes per each hour you’re seated. After travel, take a brisk walk to fully activate your muscles and improve circulation.
Another common cause of muscle cramps is dehydration—paired with long flights or road trips, your risk for leg cramps and spasms becomes even higher. Drink plenty of water before, during and after travel. Start the healthy habit now if you haven’t already!
Bring a Healthy Snack
Did you know certain foods can help relieve and even prevent muscle cramps, while other foods can contribute to them? Be mindful of your food choices as you travel and be prepared with healthy, portable snacks. Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and calcium—all muscle cramp-fighting nutrients. Seeds, nuts and tomato juice, which you can often order on airplanes, are also smart choices that prevent leg cramps and spasms.
To help avoid muscle cramps all together, stay away from foods high in sugar, alcohol, grains, refined vegetable oil and pasteurized dairy.
Pack Theraworx Relief
Use Theraworx Relief the evening before you travel and the morning of to help prevent muscle cramps and spasms all day. If you experience leg cramps during a long road trip, you can apply Theraworx Relief to quickly release muscle tightness and reduce the soreness afterwards. You may also experience leg cramps after flying—fortunately, Theraworx Relief can be applied as many times as needed! You can pick up this safe and gentle topical solution without a prescription at a select pharmacy near you, or buy online today.