Healthy Legs Tips while Working from Home
As we adapt to new work environments during the pandemic, many find themselves working from home. Here are some tips to help keep your legs healthy:
Exercise: Using the muscles of the legs, helps your veins pump blood. The “calf pump” pushes blood back to the heart, and every step lowers the pressure in the leg. Keep blood moving by doing foot or leg exercises every 30 minutes. Simple exercises such as heel raises, wiggling your toes or going for a walk will help to keep your legs healthy. Exercise or walking in water, especially late in the day. This helps relieve venous congestion & avoid swelling.
Sit Properly: Put as little pressure as possible on the back of your thighs. Try not to cross your legs for significant periods of time.
Elevate Your Legs: Keep your legs elevated on a stool or desk when possible; especially if you tend to have swelling
Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and non-processed foods. Studies show that bioflavonoids may help strengthen vein walls. Omit salt, it can lead to swelling and high blood pressure. Avoid concentrated sweets and overeating, especially if you are not getting your normal exercise.
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water. Adults should drink at least 2 liters daily. Avoid soft drinks and sweeteners- these calories translate to added pounds.
Keep Your Skin Well Lubricated: Moisturize your legs twice daily, especially the lower calf and ankle. If you are going outside, do not forget the sunscreen!
Wear Compression Socks Daily: Compression stockings can help to avoid symptoms & signs of vein disease; including varicose and spider veins or their progression. Compression is especially important if you are sitting or standing for long periods of time.