The Jakarta Post
Getting stuck in a traffic jam for hours may lead to bloating and swollen feet or ankles, which is usually a sign of poor blood circulation. (Shutterstock/File)
Idul Fitri holidays serve as an important moment for many Indonesians, especially Jakartans, to gather with extended families in their hometowns. But due to the large number of people going on mudik (exodus) at the same time, traveling through the heavily congested roads can be unbearable for some.
Getting stuck in a traffic jam for hours may lead to bloating and swollen feet or ankles, which is usually a sign of poor blood circulation, tempo.co reported.
Sitting too long in a vehicle can also lead to thrombosis, a condition where the blood in a certain part of your body is coagulated or clotted, which could even lead to instant death as the coagulation spreads to the heart, lungs and brain, according to kompas.com.
Below are some tips to staying healthy during mudik.
- Perform stretches every once in a while, and take breaks in rest areas.
- Store your bags elsewhere so that they will not take more of your sitting space or restrict your movements.
- Drink water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Avoid drinking alcohol as it can shrink your blood vessels.
- Refrain from eating foods with too much salt as it could lead to fluid retention.
- Wear high-quality socks.
- Avoid sitting with your legs crossed as it puts even more pressure on your foot. (mas/kes)
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