Six Easy Steps to Better Blood Flow

Dan SteffesMar 24, '14

1. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Our circulation improves with physical activity, so GET UP! Take a short walk, climb stairs, or make an effort to move around the office and at home. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing as this may increase leg pain and swelling.

2. After a long tiring day, especially during the summer, revitalize your legs with a cool shower or bath. Avoid extended exposure to heat from sunbathing, hot baths, or the sauna as the excessive heat will cause your veins to dilate and may induce swelling.

3. Elevate your legs. To boost your body's natural circulation, elevate your legs while you are sitting on the sofa or lying in bed at home. At the office, keep a leg rest under your desk.

4. Work out. Regular exercise helps keep your body healthy. Some sports are better for improving circulation, such as swimming, walking, biking, and yoga. 

5. Control your weight. When you manage your weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise, you are most likely to have less leg symptoms and/or less swelling.

6. Wear graduated compression socks and stockings. Quality compression socks and stockings improve venous circulation to prevent and treat venous problems.