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Improve Your Circulation by Putting up Your Feet

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Challenge of the Day: Improve Your Circulation by Putting Your Feet Up

Challenge of the Day: Improve Your Circulation by Putting up Your Feet

As the temperature drops, your superficial venous circulation slows down, meaning your body has to work harder to get blood from your feet back to your heart. To help your venous circulatory system and keep varicose veins at bay, Dr. Luis Navarro of the Vein Treatment Center in New York City suggests getting your feet 6 to 12 inches above your heart at least once a day. Tonight, try a yoga pose that raises your legs against a wall, or lie on the couch with your feet resting on a stack of pillows. Cup of hot tea (or hot toddy) optional.

For help with today's challenge, try this yoga routine.

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Comments (7)

  • Any recommendations concerning how long you should practice this pose?

  • Author Comment:

    Hi, Sarah. Follow the link to the yoga routine. It gives times for all poses. Thanks.

  • I started doing this 35 years ago during pregnancy to relieve headache pain and swollen ankles without medication. Mid-life for migraine headaches. Now daily before bed for about 1/2 hour on the couch to improve circulation in my legs and feet. I'm lucky my couch has a chaise lounge section so I lay very comfortably on it with my feet on the back of the cushy couch. Great stress reliever! I think this should be recommended to those with diabetes to help with circulation in their feet which causes them many problems.

  • We just started doing this in my new yoga class and it is great!

  • Great idea! I will be trying this one for sure.

  • [...] also help keep the blood flowing. Dr. Luis Navarro of the Vein Treatment Center in New York City suggests getting your feet 6 to 12 inches above your heart at least once a [...]

  • You can also lie on the floor with your legs on a chair, put a pillow underneath if you need more lift. This is also good for a sore back. Roll off, to the side to get down. Reverse to get up! Remember, HOW you get your legs up on the wall is just as important as HOW you get them down, very carefully.

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