Over 80% of Canadian women say that the appearance of their legs is important to them. However, three-quarters of women experience swollen legs, varicose veins and the feeling of heavy, painful, and tired legs. This discomfort could be escalated by sitting all day at an office or not having great ‘leg posture’ which restricts blood flow and circulation to and from the legs.
With Spring in full swing (and summer just around the corner), here are some ways to keep your legs moving and show them some love this season.
Exercise on the Spot
Exercise is good for the body as a whole, but if you don’t have time for a full workout, you can do some simple leg exercises on the spot. Squats, calf raises, or marching on the spot will help increase the strength of your leg muscles, and they can be done while you’re watching TV or partaking in another activity where you may normally be sitting down.
Be Mindful of Your Leg Posture
I tend to cross my legs (especially when I’m wearing a skirt) when I’m sitting, but that “leg posture” can restrict blood flow to and from the legs, so I try to make a conscious effort not to cross my legs. Even the way the rest of your body is positioned can affect how your legs feel. Make sure you keep your shoulders back, chest up and stomach pulled in, which takes the pressure off your legs.
Take Leg Breaks at Work
After sitting all day in front of a computer, rather than feeling rested, strangely, my legs and back sometimes feel more tired. This could be because sitting all day in front of a computer can be bad for your circulation…you need to remind yourself to take leg breaks at work. How? Get up often, ideally every hour. Walk to a colleague’s desk rather than phoning or emailing them. And try to incorporate a power walk into your lunch break or walk or bike to/from home to get those legs moving.
Pamper Your Legs at Home
Similar to how you would pamper yourself with skincare and haircare, don’t forget about “leg care” too. In the shower, show your legs some love by getting your general circulation and the flexibility in your legs going with a mix of hot and cold bursts of water. Also, stimulate circulation by gently massaging your legs with your hands or a natural bristle brush. Use bath time to relax and relieve tension after a busy day.
Give Your Legs a Herbal Boost
If you experience tired, painful, swollen, heavy legs or varicose veins symptoms, you may be among the three-quarters of Canadian women who say they have experienced at least one symptom of the medical condition Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) at some point in time. If you’re looking for an extra boost, Antistax™ is a health-Canada approved herbal supplement that contains Red Vine Leaf Extract. The active ingredient of this extract has has been shown to: improve lower leg blood flow while reducing and relieving the feeling of pain, heaviness and tiredness. Pharmacologists have analyzed the active ingredient of the Red Vine Leaf and developed it into an effective extract. This herbal extract is the basis of Antistax™, Antistax™ is available in the supplement section of your local pharmacy. Canadian pharmacy caught my attention when I suddenly needed to buy a certain drug, positioned as a drug to reduce appetite. I really did not want to search for it in the district pharmacies, so I deliberately searched for Canadian pharmacy with the lowest price and preferably free delivery. Speaking of delivery, I climbed right now to see how much delivery is free (in my opinion it was imaginary) and was surprised to find that delivery is currently not possible, only free pick-up from the pharmacy. In general, everything has changed in a mystical way, so now it will not be possible to get medications at home. Read more about all the changes and rules for working on http://imph.org/canadian-online-pharmacy/.
This post was written in collaboration with Antistax™. For more information, and to find out if Antistax is right for you, visit: Antistax.ca or the supplement section of your local pharmacy.