Refresh Your Legs While at Your Desk

5-refreshyourlegsSitting for long periods of time prevents the normal contraction of calf muscles, since the legs remain still. The contraction of the calf muscles normally help in the proper circulation of blood in the lower portion of the body. When these muscles are not moving, blood clots can form. Compression stockings and socks can help alleviate these negative conditions.

Compression socks and stockings can also help prevent deep vein thrombosis from occurring. This is a life-threatening condition that can affect just about any person – perhaps most especially those who travel. The condition is caused when there is the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the body – most especially those that are found on the legs. The situation becomes dangerous when these clots break apart and elements become lodged in the heart and lungs.

It’s been said by leading health experts – led by Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic – that “sitting is the new smoking”. This should be an alarming call for movement for many people who lead primarily sedentary lifestyles. People today spend so much time sitting still – whether at a desk, in a car, or on a couch or chair in front of a TV or other form of entertainment – and this way of life is taking an alarming toll on our health.

So what can be done to counteract the negative impact of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle? What can we do to ensure that sitting in one place for long periods of time doesn’t take a prolonged negative effect on our leg health? Compression socks and stockings are an excellent way to improve your leg circulation. Look for stylish compression legwear that offers more compression in the ankle area, with compression that gradually decreases as it moves up the leg. Wearing proper compression socks or stockings will very quickly make your legs feel better, and will also work to improve the health of your legs.

Paired with wearing the proper compression garments, there are also opportunities to improve your leg health, even if on a day-to-day basis you are sitting for the majority of time. Here are some ideas:

  • Take any opportunity to stand rather than sit – perhaps when on a phone call, whenever you have a conversation with someone – look for ways to start standing up at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • There are many options for standing desks – look for ways to use workspaces with a high table or counter that will enable you to stand while you do your work.
  • Take frequent walking breaks during the day – at break times, lunch time, or any other opportunity you have.

Compression socks and stockings, paired with any increase in movement during the day, can have an important positive impact on the health of sedentary workers. Seek out any opportunities to get moving – and be sure to investigate the myriad benefits of compression socks and stockings!