Get moving and get the blood flowing in your legs!
We can all admit that we spent more time sitting down this year than we probably ever intended to. The problem with prolonged sitting, especially while working from home, is that it prevents our circulatory systems from delivering oxygen to the lower half of our bodies. Signs of poor circulation include cramping, numbness, tingling, and pain and if left untreated can lead to dangerous blood clots.
Now that quarantines are being lifted, it's time to do our bodies a favor and establish a new wellness routine that wakes up our legs and feet for healthy circulation. Along with stretching, there are exercises you can do to optimize your leg health and blood circulation.
Start by standing up straight, then lift your self up onto the balls of your feet until you are on your toes. Lower yourself back down and repeat. Perform three sets of 10 and add more reps as you get stronger.
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Your fingertips should be able to touch your heels. Raise your hips until your knees, hips, and shoulders are in a line. Squeeze your glutes for a few moments. Slowly lower your hips back to the floor and repeat. Perform three sets of 12 and add more reps as you get stronger.
Just a 20-30 minute walk a few days a week can significantly improve your circulation. So put together a playlist and get moving!
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and lower yourself down as though you were going to sit in a chair, keeping your spine straight. Lower yourself down by putting weight on your heels, and not letting your knees reach over your toes. Push through your heels to bring yourself back up and repeat. Perform three sets of 10 and add more reps as you progress.
Just like with squats, keep your upper body straight. Step forward on one leg, lowering down until both knees are bent close to 90 degrees. Keep your front knee directly above your ankle, no further, and keep the back knee off the floor. Put your weight in your heels to move back to the starting position.
Know of any other great circulation-boosting exercises? Let us know in the comments!