16 Jan '15, 8am

Runners aren't immune to blood clots. Here's what you need to know:

Inactivity. I sat for a prolonged period of time. Immobility is on the top of the list for risky behaviors for clotting. In total I sat for over 14 hours with very little movement on my way home. I usually get up on flights every one to two hours and walk around, but I fell asleep for hours this time and didn’t move as much. I also forgot to wear my compression socks as I normally would. Dehydration. It decreases the plasma in our blood and increases the viscosity, making it thicker. I confess I enjoyed the free wine aboard the riverboat and was likely quite dehydrated on my journey home. In general, most endurance athletes likely walk around in a mildly dehydrated state due to training and racing. Fitness. With fitness, our body increases the red blood count and oxygen-carrying capacity, which can increase the thickness of the blood. Medications. I was in a state of hyper...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/health/runners-and-blood-clot...

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