Updated on: August 18, 2014
Next time you are asked if you'd like an aisle or window seat, you should probably say 'aisle take that one please.' We all know traveling overseas or even domestically in cattle class can be quite strenuous and uncomfortable on our legs and our veins. Recent studies are showing that window seats are known to have damaging and adverse side effects on vein health if you sit for prolonged periods of time. The aisle seat allows you to stretch your legs and increase the blood flow throughout your body, limiting the chances of developing varicose veins, spider veins or even worse Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "Author Mark Gendreau, of the Lahey Medical Center in the United States, said immobilization had been linked to 75 per cent of of DVT cases, which occurred mostly in people in non-aisle seats and those who traveled for more than eight hours." Next time that stewardess lets you have an upgrade to business class, or you are asked which seat, always opt for aisle. There are already so many discomforts in long distance air travel, don't allow vein health issues to worsen your flight experience. If you bring compression socks on that long-haul flight that too will impede the development of varicose veins and increase blood flow. Travel safe and choose the aisle.