Jun 06

5 Ways to Improve Blood Circulation

Oftentimes, because of work, we spend most of our day sitting at our desk. This sedentary lifestyle many of us have can lead to swelling of feet, ankles, and calves.

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Yes, we’re talking about poor blood circulation. If you’re a few pounds overweight and is experiencing swelling of lower legs, it’s probably because of your blood flow. So here are five exercises you can do during—and after—work to get your blood running.

1.       Take the Stairs

When you’re wearing heels and carrying thick accounting books and folders and folders of papers, the last thing you want to do is to take the stairs. However, taking the stairs when going up and down the building isn’t only a great form of exercise, but also helps stretch leg muscles and get the blood flowing all the way down to the very tip of your toes.

2.       Have Some Spice

If you can stand a bit of spice on your food and don’t suffer from any gastroenterological problems, then go for it. Spicy food is good source of low density lipoprotein (LDL), which helps wash away fat and cholesterol, and helps the body dissolve blood clots that may potentially form. And since spicy foods are rich in vitamins A and C, they can raise your body temperature, increasing blood flow.

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3.       Stretch Out Every Once In a While

Get up, grab your cubicle mates, and do a five-minute stretching. Not only this increases your blood circulation, your eyes also get to take a break from staring all day at the computer. Let your mind relax, your hand off the keyboard, and reach up high or down to your toes for a quick stretch and instant boost of blood circulation.

4.       Go On a Hike

Take your dog and go out for a walk. Try brisk walking by simply catching up with your dog’s speed. You’ll not only enjoy some bonding time with your furball, but you’ll also get your heart pumping and blood flowing in a matter of three to five minutes.

5.       Relax

It all boils down to stress, doesn’t it? When you’re stressed and noticed that your footsies don’t quite fit in your favourite Louboutins, consider relaxing and doing breathing exercises, which you can certainly do without leaving your table; or try meditating for 15 minutes a day. Also, try listening to mood booster music while working, if you can.

Poor blood circulation can put you at risk for more serious disease. Don’t get too tied up with work, and give your health and body it’s well-deserved break every now and then.

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