While some restrictions are starting to ease up, there’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and the re-opening of the country. Certain states are moving into new phases, but one thing’s for sure: gyms aren’t ready to open. This has caused a lot of people around the country, and even the world, to become more sedentary than usual. With an increase in sedentary lifestyles, more and more people are suffering from poor circulation. Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that a lifestyle with little to no activity and increasingly poor circulation can lead to varicose veins, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, and even death. To help make sure that you’re staying as healthy as possible, consider adding a few simple exercises to your daily routine. Getting up for just 10 minutes every hour or so will drastically improve your circulation and lower your risks of developing blood clots. By adding in one or more of the following exercises, you’ll improve your circulation even more.
One of the best exercises you can do at home to improve circulation is a bodyweight squat. To ensure proper form, make sure that when you bend down, your knees don’t pass your toes. Squats are both cardio and resistance exercises and help get the blood flowing throughout your entire body. Push to complete 3 sets of 15-20 squats every day.
Next, add in a few push-ups. Push-ups are one of the most effective at-home exercises that help improve both circulation and strength. If you can’t do a full push-up yet, start with assisted push-ups and work your way up. Try to finish 3 sets of 15 push-ups every day.
Calf raises can be done while cooking, working at a standing desk, or even watching TV. Simply stand up and raise your heels of the ground while squeezing your calves. Repeat 3 sets of 15-20 each day.
Adding in these three simple exercises will help to improve your circulation drastically. In addition, try to go on a daily 30-minute walk around your neighborhood. The movement will not only help your circulation, it’ll improve your mood, help boost productivity, and will help you manage your weight.
Since none of these exercises require a gym, you can do everything at home without spending any money! All you need is a little motivation. As things start going back to normal, be sure to schedule an appointment at Illinois Vein Specialists. We offer screening services to determine your current venous health as you start to get back to working and moving again. We also treat varicose veins and help improve your overall circulation.