Circulation is the movement of blood through the body. It’s important for delivering oxygen to the organs and tissues, removing waste products, and providing nutrients to those tissues. Without good circulation, you would not be able to get oxygen from your lungs into your body’s cells or get rid of carbon dioxide from your blood. Poor circulation can lead to serious problems such as heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, poor digestion, or even infections in your bones and joints. Fortunately, there are plenty of exercises that can help improve circulation:
Walking every day is a great way to improve circulation. The more muscle contraction in your legs, the better the blood flow in your limbs and throughout your body. Walking will help you feel better and improve your mood, along with your health. You can walk anywhere and anytime; it doesn’t matter if you’re walking through the park or just around the block. Walking with a friend or family member can also be beneficial for making sure you walk each day. Additionally, it allows you to spend quality time with those who are important to you.
Swimming is a great exercise for heart health. Since the buoyant force of water bears your weight and holding your breath while in the water boosts lung power and stamina, swimming is an ideal low-resistance and moderate-intensity workout that strengthens your heart. The water pressure aids in propelling blood flow back to the heart, which preserves healthy blood circulation and controls blood pressure for heart health.
Stretching is good for the muscles and joints. It helps to improve circulation, reduce stress, and ease muscle pain. You can do stretching exercises at home or at the gym.
Stretching exercises are done to keep your muscles limber and relaxed. Regular stretching can help reduce muscle tension that causes pain and stiffness in your shoulders, back and legs. Your doctor may recommend regular stretching exercises if you have low back pain or tightness in the neck caused by poor posture while sitting at a desk all day long.
Jump rope workouts are elaborately designed routines that use the old favorite childhood hobby of skipping rope. The rope’s weight can be increased gradually to provide more resistance, and the movements can begin with basic jumping and advance to incorporating more twists and turns, which not only improves blood circulation but also instills heightened hand-eye coordination and flexibility.
Yoga, an ancient practice of fitness, consists of deep breathing exercises alongside stretching and bending poses. This gentle exercise alleviates any breathing difficulty, while boosting lung capacity. The various physical movements assist in gently expanding and contracting the blood vessels in the body—the arteries and veins—which in turn elevates blood circulation enriched with oxygen and nutrients to all tissues, organs, for augmented overall health.
Exercises that improve circulation are simple to do and can be done anywhere. You don’t have to go out of your way to do them; they need some time and dedication. Just remember that it takes a few weeks before you see results, so don’t give up!
If you believe you are experiencing poor blood circulation, give Dr. Ayar a call today!