Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ten Easy Exercises For Healthy Legs

Do your legs get tired and achy by the end of the day? Do you have swelling and redness on your feet and legs? Don't take leg pain lightly. It could be the sign of a serious condition so be sure to speak with your physician. Sometimes, though, these are signs that you need to get moving. Best of all, focusing on your leg health before something painful happens is the best route.

Here are ten simple exercises you can do just about anywhere and any time:

  1. While sitting, lift one foot of the floor and alternate flexing and pointing your toes. Repeat with the other foot. Do this 20 times or as many as are comfortable.
  2. With both feet on the floor, extend one leg out in front of you, hold and contract your thigh muscle. Return your foot to the floor. Repeat with the other leg. Do this 10 times at least.
  3. In a seated position, lift one foot and pull your heel back towards your buttocks. Hold and contract your hamstring muscle. Return foot to starting position. Repeat with other leg. Do this one at least 10 times.
  4. March in place while loosely swinging your arms. Lift your knees as high as possible. Try this one 20 times.
  5. Lift one foot and point your toes. Trace a figure eight in the air. Repeat with other leg. Do this 10 times.
  6. Put weight on the toes of one foot and simultaneously put weight on the heel of the other foot. Alternate position of the feet and repeat 20 times.
  7. Lying on the floor, raise both legs in the air. Alternate legs in a scissor motion 10 or 15 times.
  8. Stay on the floor and place your hands near your lower back for support. Move legs in a cycling motion in the air using short circular motions for 30 seconds. Repeat this for as long as you can.
  9. On the floor, place your hands near your lower back. With your knees slightly bent, raise and lower your one leg, then the other, repeating 10 times.
  10. While on the floor, raise one or both of your legs and rotate your feet in opposite directions, repeating 20 times.

Always consult your health care professional before beginning an exercise program of any kind. Many thanks to our supplier partner, Juzo, for providing information about leg health and an array of high quality compression garments.

Consider compression garments for swelling, fatigue and soreness in your legs or feet. Read our blog about about edema, the conditions that cause it and how you can help control symptoms.

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