Poor blood circulation can cause a lot of inconvenience and become a real problem in everyday life. Here's a quick recap of everything you need to know to soothe your legs and make them lighter.
But why do I have heavy legs?
The feeling of heavy legs is due to poor circulation of the blood. The walls of the veins dilate, making them less efficient at returning blood to the heart. The blood will then stagnate in the veins and cause this feeling of tired legs .
With our increasingly sedentary lifestyle, problems related to poor blood circulation are becoming more common.
They can indeed be due to the fact of standing or sitting too long, lack of physical activity, heat, disturbances hormonal but can also increase with age and smoking.
If you suffer from heavy legs, there are some bad habits that tend to increase this problem: clothes that are too tight (slim or skinny pants for example ), heels too high or on the contrary too flat (ideally no more than 3-4 cm) but also hot baths…
What are the symptoms and consequences of poor blood circulation?
A venous insufficiency generally results in heaviness in the legs, impatience or tingling.
If these symptoms are generally localized at the level of the legs, they can also affect the whole body and appear under other forms such as great fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness, cold hands and feet, cramps, swelling of the legs, memory problems but also constipation…
Attention, a feeling of heavy legs can be a first sign before the appearance of varicose veins. Varicose veins are formed from the dilation of the veins under the pressure of stagnant blood. Once they appear, only medical treatment can make them disappear. Therefore, these symptoms are not to be taken lightly. As soon as varicose veins appear, we advise you to make an appointment with a doctor.
Fortunately, many solutions exist to relieve your legs and regain their lightness.
The first recommendation to avoid heavy legs is to move! Don't hesitate to get off your bus or metro one stop earlier, to force yourself to stand up regularly if you are often seated, or on the contrary to sit down from time to time to rest your legs. The practice of certain exercises, such as the pedal boat (lying on your back, legs at 90 ° and pedaling with the legs) will activate the circulation and act directly to relieve your tired legs.
The most recommended sports are walking, cycling and swimming; which are gentle on the body and improve circulation.
Diet also plays an important role in blood flow. For example, did you know that bananas, soy, spinach, potatoes but also dark chocolate can help relieve your legs?
A balanced diet without too much fat, salt or sugar is also indicated. Choose fresh fruits and herbs.
Walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios will also be allies.
There's nothing like a nice squirt of cool water on your legs to help your veins retract and re-activate circulation. Raise your foot to your knees. Think about it because especially in summer, fresh water is a quick and effective solution to find the light leg.
And what could be better than a little massage to reactivate your circulation? For this, we advise you to massage your legs using our leg gel . As with cool water, apply it starting with the foot and working your way up to the thigh. Its formula contains menthol for an immediate freshness effect, vine leaves to increase the resistance of blood vessels and stimulate blood flow and sea salts which will improve blood circulation while leaving the skin soft.
A little tip for your creams: put them in the fridge, this will increase the feeling of freshness and reduce your leg pain more quickly.
Finally, if you have planned a long trip, we recommend compression stockings or tights. While putting on them is already a physical activity in its own right, stockings are an undeniable asset for promoting good blood circulation during prolonged sitting. They are also mainly recommended by plane.
The other solutions
There are other methods that have also been proven to fight against leg pain, such as essential oils, hydrotherapy, naturopathy ...
You will understand, tired or heavy legs are not inevitable. There are many effective solutions to provide relief. However, in case of persistent symptoms or concerns, we recommend that you contact your doctor.