Leg Health Tips
6 simple tips to keep your legs healthy
Move, climb stairs, move your legs around at the office and at home. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing which may cause leg pain and swelling.
2. Refresh your legs
After a long tiring day, or during warm weather, refresh your legs with a cool shower. Avoid lengthy exposure to heat, e.g. sunbathing, hot baths and saunas as this can lead to dilated veins and swollen legs.
3. Put your feet up
When you're sat on the sofa at home or lying in bed, elevate your legs to improve venous blood return. When in the office, use a foot rest under your desk.
Regular exercise is recommended to keep your body fit and healthy. Some sports aid the return of venous blood, e.g. swimming, running, walking, cycling, gymnastics, yoga. Sports associated with frequent, sudden stops are less beneficial, e.g. tennis, squash, hockey, volleyball, basketball.
5. Maintain a healthy body weight
A healthy diet will help you maintain a normal weight and thus reduce leg complaints. (At a normal body weight, your BMI should be between 19 and 24; BMI = Body Mass Index: Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight (in kg) by the square of your height (m²)).
6. Wear SIGVARIS medical compression stockings
SIGVARIS quality products improve venous circulation, helping to prevent and treat venous problems.
Try a few of the following tricks that really make the difference! You will be surprised how easy it is to keep your legs in great shape. SIGVARIS has an assortment of products designed to fit your lifestyle. These products can help improve your circulation, increase your energy and aid in keeping your legs healthy. Your health care professional, therapist or pharmacist can help you determine which SIGVARIS product is right for you.
How to Keep Your Legs Healthy:
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Our circulation improves with physical activity, so GET UP! Take a short walk, climb stairs, or make an effort to move around the office and at home. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing as this may increase leg pain and swelling.
- After a long tiring day, especially during the summer, revitalise your legs with a cool shower or bath. Avoid extended exposure to heat from sunbathing, hot baths, or the sauna as excessive heat will cause your veins to dilate and may induce swelling.
- Elevate your legs. To boost your body’s natural circulation, elevate your legs while you are sitting on the sofa or lying in bed at home. At the office, keep a leg rest under your desk.
- Work out. Regular exercise helps keep your body healthy. Some sports are better for improving circulation, such as swimming, walking, biking and yoga.
- Control your weight. When you manage your weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise, you are more likely to have less leg symptoms and/or less swelling.
- Wear graduated compression socks and stockings. SIGVARIS quality compression socks and stockings improve venous circulation to prevent and treat oedema and venous problems.