My summer, with legs as light as air
Exercise to stimulate your circulation
Walking is an excellent exercise to gently work your muscles and the venous system. Bicycling also is recommended since the pedaling movement regularly stimulates the contraction of the leg muscles. And if you pedal in the water, it's even better. Aquabike promotes venous return and melts fat cells that exert pressure on the veins. Swimming is perfect for the legs because the water exerts a gentle pressure on them, as well as the rest of the body. At sea, we also enjoy the massage of the waves. Exercising at home also can be very effective in restarting blood circulation and limiting water retention. Ten minutes a day are enough to practice these four exercises:
1) Lying on your back, raise your legs and make pedaling movements, four sets of 15
movements, resting 20 seconds between each set.
2) Lying on your back, legs raised and stretched, draw small circles with your tiptoe, four
sets of 15 movements, resting 20 seconds between each set.
3) Stand upright, feet parallel to each other, then tiptoe 10 to 15 times in a row. Rest 20
seconds between each set.
4) Stand, legs slightly apart, back upright, raise the right foot with the heel on the ground.
Hold this position for 10 seconds. Release and do the same movement with the left foot.
Repeat 10 times alternating right foot and left foot.
Massage your legs at the end of the day
To stimulate your blood circulation and reduce swelling due to compression of the veins, move slowly from the ankle to the thigh, following the direction of the venous return. For these massages, you can use creams or gels, which can be refreshing.
Adopt good hygiene habits
- Avoid standing or sitting too long and crossing your legs, as this contributes to blood stagnation.
- Abandon jeans, socks or boots that are too tight and instead wear ample-sized and comfortable clothes that do not compress your legs. Also, forget about 5-inch heels.
- Choose antioxidant-rich foods that protect the walls of your veins. You can choose from many fruits and vegetables: peppers, guava, sorrel, lemons, oranges, kiwifruit, cabbages, papayas and strawberries.
- Don’t eat rich foods, such as pastries, sauces .and fried foods because the extra pounds weigh on your legs and the fat compresses your veins.
- Sleep with your legs slightly raised by putting risers (available at most department stores) under the feet of your bed.
- Be careful not to expose your legs to excessive heat, which dilates blood vessels and causes water retention. Get rid of underfloor heating and avoid sunbathing, saunas and hot waxing.
Use these three plants to help relieve your legs and another to hydrate them
It is a deciduous shrub of the family Hamamelidaceae. Already well-known to the American Indians, its leaves and bark are highly regarded for their vasoconstrictive and veinotonic effects, which are conducive to diminishing the sensation of heaviness and fatigue in your legs.
Thanks to its decongestant properties, it helps you regain well-being, comfort and lightness throughout the day.
This essential oil gives you an immediate sensation of freshness.
Known for its many cosmetic and medicinal properties, its leaves hydrate the upper layers of your epidermis gently.
Discover the virtues of these four plants in ClimaxolGel, which you can apply morning and night, or as soon as you feel your legs becoming heavy.