Easy Exercises To Improve Your Blood Circulation

in General 01 January 1999

If you work in an office environment, you will understand the physical demands exerted on your body. Whilst you may not be scaling inclines, saving damsels in distress or patrolling the streets, your body experience extensive positioning, quick movements and high concentration levels.

So itís important that you look after your body and ensure that you are as productive as possible. Sitting at a computer all day, whilst seemingly unexcitable, can be stressful on your body. Poor circulation due to inactivity and quick movements can have long term effects on the body.

Health Benefits

Circulation can become sluggish, arteries can harden preventing blood flow and some diseases such as diabetes can become a serious problem. So itís important that you take the right precautions to keep you healthy and on top of your game.

One of the simplest ways to improve circulation is by wearing specialist circulation garments such as socks, hosiery and shoes. Combining comfort and style with medical capabilities and free-fitting materials, manufacturers have designed a complete range of clothes that will improve ventilation, address circulation as well as enhancing our fashion collection.

Simple Exercises

So if you work in an office, or in a job that requires you to sit for long periods of times, what exercises can you do in the office to keep your body healthy and your mind active?

#1 - Rotate Your Joints

A simple and easy exercise to do at your desk or seated. Simply rotate your wrists, shoulders and ankles in small circles clockwise and anti-clockwise. This will reduce the risk of joints stiffening up, as well as enhancing blood flow. Do this at regular intervals to keep joints fresh and well oiled.

#2 - Flex & Extend

Stretch out your limbs, again a simple exercise to perform at your desk, which will in turn increase the blood flow to your working muscles. Flex and extend partnering muscles such as the biceps and triceps, hamstring and quadriceps and make sure there is enough space around you.

#3 - Letís Go For A Little Walk

The best form of medicine. A short walk will help stretch out your legs, loosen your joints and most importantly, reduce the risk of poor circulation. Even if it is a short walk around the office, this regular activity can help reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis, especially in older workers as well as our circulatory diseases.

#4 - Stretch

Simple stretches will elasticate and enhance the function and movement of muscle groups. Finding an appropriate time and place, carry out a number of full body stretches Ė legs, arms and core- that will work both your limbs and core. You will feel the benefit when you sit back down and you will be less likely to pull and strain muscle should you perform a sudden movement.

#5 - Regular Physical Activities

Taking part in regular sporting activity outside of work is a sure and proven way to improve your health, your circulation as well as you general fitness. From walking and swimming to aerobics and cycling, get up, get out and get active. Physical activity is great way to meet people, exercise and most importantly, have fun.

With these simple and easy to follow exercise tips, you can reduce the risk of poor circulation as well discover fun and exciting ways to keep your mind and body active.

Phil Warrington, a keen health and medical writer, looks at ways to improve your circulation in the office. If you are looking for a trusted specialist garment supplier, look no further than HJ Sock Group Ltd; an established and renowned sock manufacturer with a complete range of specialist medical socks.

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