It’s the end of day and your legs are beat. They’re sluggish, sore, even burning and prickly. Your overall energy may be high, yet your calves and thighs feel like they’ve run a marathon. You have leg fatigue, a condition particularly common among women.Jump To Full Article Below
FEND OFF LEG FATIGUE
Too weary to walk? Too sore to stand? You’re not alone: leg fatigue affects an estimated 80 percent of people, with women the majority.
The condition can be hereditary (thanks, Mom!), but often relates to circulation. For example, when you sit or stand for long periods of time, the blood flow to your limbs is constricted. The legs don’t get enough fuel to work at their peak. The result: tired, achy muscles and painful calf cramps.
Pregnant women are especially prone to pooped-out legs. Carrying a baby puts extra pressure on the circulatory system. Meanwhile, hormonal changes also impact it.
Tired of having tired legs? Follow these tips for putting the spring back in your step:
- Nosh nutritiously: A healthy diet full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables supports a healthy circulatory system. It will also help you lose any excess pounds that can contribute to poor circulation. Aim to get 20-25 grams of fiber each day.
- Move it along: At first, it seems counterintuitive: if you have sore leg muscles, then won’t exercise make them worse? On the contrary, moving your limbs stimulates blood flow. Even 15 to 20 minutes of walking can pep up heavy legs.
- Don’t be cross(ed): Your grandmother was right (sort of): crossing your legs while sitting is bad for circulation but only when you cross at the knee. Research has found no circulatory side effects when you cross your legs at the ankles.
- Lose the lights: Smoking ravages your veins, arteries, and heart. Quitting may be the single most important step you can take to improve circulation.
- Rinse and repeat: Try this revitalizing ritual: sit on the side of the tub and run warm water over your feet and lower legs for three to four minutes, then alternate with one minute of cold water. Skip the warm water, though, if your legs are swollen.
- Relax with a rubdown: Flush out lactic acid, which contributes to achiness and cramps, by massaging feet and lower legs. (If you’re lucky, someone might do this for you!) Start with your toes and work up your calves using light strokes. For an extra refreshing treat, slather on peppermint-scented lotion.
- Invigorate your wardrobe: Add instant zip to your step with silky, stylish Solidea compression hosiery. The firm, graduated technology massages legs to successfully boost circulation and fight off fatigue. Blood flow markedly improves - as does your energy level.
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