The human body is a marvelous construction. With excitement, stress, or even just the right amount of pressure and weight, something’s bound to give. Blood circulation can be one of them; when it does the results are not always pretty. A bruise is an example of less-than-ideal blood flow in your body. However, there are a number of simple tricks that, if performed regularly, will help to increase your blood circulation.
A massage is a great way to get your blood flowing. If you’re uncomfortable asking someone else to do it for you, or if there’s no one around, take matters into your own hands! Massage the areas near where you feel the ‘stagnant’ blood collecting; this will move the fluid through your system and dissipate the pressure.
Feet and hands are especially important. By rubbing your feet with lotion or oil, you encourage blood flow to the extremities, which in turn keeps the rest of your body healthy. It’s like taking care of yourself from the inside out!
If massaging isn’t quite your cup of tea, there are other options. A warm bath or a hot shower will do the trick. If you take care not to scald yourself, it can be very relaxing and provide the same benefits as massaging.
Exercise is probably the most effective way to get your blood circulating in the right direction (towards your heart). Start off slow if you’re new to exercise; even something as simple as walking will do. Just be sure to keep your breathing steady and calm. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth for best results.
Exercise can increase your heart rate, which in turn increases blood flow and circulation level throughout your entire body. Talk about a win-win! When you exercise regularly, bloating, itching and swelling are staved off because the blood is being pushed throughout your body. That’s what we all want: flat stomachs and cramp free legs.
Well that’s it for now. Remember to check back next time for more on staying healthy!