If you want to stress yourself out and feel like you are going to die in the near future, google all the bad things that happen to your body when you sit frequently and for long periods of time. Just kidding, don’t do that, instead, focus on what you can do to improve your health even if you have a job that means sitting for hours and hours a day. One such thing to be aware of when you are working a desk job, or just find yourself sitting at a computer or for some other reason every day, is the impact sitting can have on your circulation. Your legs can be particularly affected because they are farther from your heart and are not doing anything that requires your heart to pump blood to them.
Poor circulation can cause some unfortunate and painful side effects that we all will want to avoid. Swollen legs or ankles from fluid pooling in the legs, you may develop varicose veins, or may even have a blood clot beginning to form. Blood clots are particularly dangerous because of their ability to move around and block blood flow to important areas of the body.
So how can you avoid developing all these terrible side effects of sitting for long periods of time? The good news is there are many little things you can do to encourage blood flow and proper circulation and keep your body in better health.
The first thing you should remember is to get up and move around for at least ten minutes every hour. By moving around you get your heart pumping and sending blood to all your limbs, including your legs. This can improve your health significantly when done regularly as you are encouraging proper circulation and engaging your muscles more often.
Another important thing to help ensure that your body can circulate blood more easily while sitting is to have a high quality, supportive, and ergonomic chair that is adjustable just for you. Having a chair that supports you and helps you maintain better posture throughout the day keeps your blood flowing more appropriately than if you are slumped over, your legs don’t reach the ground, or your chair is too short.
Sit with your feet resting on the ground in a chair that is wide enough to allow your thighs to not be pinched together. Do not sit at a desk that your thighs don’t fit under comfortably, and don’t sit in a chair where your thighs are not parallel to the ground. Doing these things adds to the restrictions on the blood flow to your legs. Avoid crossing your legs for long periods of time as well as this can contribute to the development of varicose veins, as well.