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Fitness Tip For January

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Do you suffer from poor circulation ?

One of the things that seems to bother me the most, physically, is poor circulation. Well at least it feels like it. Nothing major, but I wanted to investigate some simple ways to improve circulation before it becomes a problem.

For people with poor circulation to the arms and legs, walking can increase the size and improve the efficiency of the tiny vessels that supply blood for cellular respiration ~ American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

I found an article on steadyhealth.com which gave a few exercises for those who don’t have time for a walk everyday ….

Extend your legs, rotate each foot clockwise and counterclockwise 10 times each way. You can also flex each foot forward and backward. You can do this exercise about 10 times each on each foot. This will increase flexibility and blood flow to the feet. You will instantly feel the circulation improve and the feet will feel more flexible. This helps to release tightness and tension in the feet.

If your feeling like you have bad circulation in your hands …. Take each hand, extend the fingers outward so they are all sprawled out. Then make a fist, hold for a few seconds and stretch fingers outward again. This will keep the hands and fingers from cramping up and allow for better circulation.

Research also indicates that drinking water daily can help with circulation.

Research also suggests reducing the intake of high caffeine drinks, alcoholic beverages and nicotine. This is because these substances are stated to constrict the blood vessels, which leads to poor blood circulation. It’s also suggested increasing your intake of vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins help to increase blood circulation throughout the entire body. Garlic also has excellent benefits for increasing blood circulation. This is because garlic helps to prevent plaque from building up in the blood vessels.

So there’s a little tip to help this month….hope it helps, now I gotta go for a walk!

 

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