9 Ways to Help Your Tired Legs and Feet
Tired legs can be a symptom of decreased blood flow from the legs and it mostly disturbs women and older people. Of course, it is always nice to relax and feel better, but sometimes we need other ways to prevent and stop our legs and feet from feeling tired, especially on days when we end up standing for the whole day.
We at Bright Side know how it feels when your legs are buzzing and we want to share some other ways to ease pain and discomfort in your legs and feet.
1. Press 2 points on your feet at the same time.
By pressing certain points, you can release your endorphins. This will help to reduce stress, pain, and tiredness. There are 2 of these points on your feet:
- The first one is located between the first and second bones on the foot, as shown in the picture above.
- The second one is between the fourth and fifth bones, as shown in the picture above.
Press your fingers on these 2 points for 2 minutes. Your breathing should be deep and calm when you do this.
2. Use a pencil to stimulate relief in your feet.
There is also a point at the center of the heel. Stimulate this point with a pencil for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Don’t press too hard. After some time you will feel relief in your foot.
Do it on both feet.
3. Take Virasana yoga position.
Virasana is a basic asana that you need to do on your knees. This pose is one you can perform even right after eating:
- Kneel down. Your knees should be together and your feet should be apart. You can put a big cushion behind you for support.
- Sit down on the support. Add more height, if it’s painful for your knees. Leave your hands resting on your thighs and hold this position for 2-4 minutes.
- Stretch your legs forward for a few seconds.
Be careful and make sure you have some support under your buttocks to minimize the risk of injury. Don’t practice this if you have any bodily trauma.
4. Prevent tiredness by using support stockings or socks.
There are many options nowadays for support stockings and socks that look exactly the same as ordinary ones. They don’t just prevent tired legs and feet, but they also treat them.
This special footwear promotes healthy blood flow between your legs and heart. Also, there are different types for sports and for daily life. Don’t forget to consult with your doctor if you have any concerns or problems.
5. Try Butterfly pose.
This pose can help to get rid of tiredness in your legs, helps open your thighs, and stimulates the digestive organs:
- Lay down on your back with your legs leaned up against the wall.
- Bring the soles of your feet together and bring them slowly down toward your hips.
- Stay in this pose for 3 to 5 minutes.
6. Reduce your salt intake.
If you eat too much salt it can lead to swelling and a feeling of tiredness and aching in your legs. Scientists recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams a day. This is just one spoonful.
Try to reduce your sodium intake and watch how you feel over one month of this experiment.
7. Get enough iron.
Iron deficiency can trigger restless leg syndrome that causes symptoms like tingling, burning, itching, and a painful cramping sensation in the legs. This also leads to tiredness in your legs.
Try to get enough nutrients in your diet and eat foods that are full of iron like spinach, broccoli, beans, brown rice, and dried fruits.
8. Use pain-relief patches.
These kinds of patches are very useful in quickly relieving your feet without any drugs. They can work for up to 6 hours and they help against foot and heel pain, sprains, strains, and bruises.
You can apply them during the day or just before going to bed.
9. Use percussion motion for self-massage.
A leg massage can be very refreshing and the big benefit is that you can do it by yourself. If you use light pressure, it can be more relaxing. Bit strong pressure may reduce pain and tension in the muscles. Here is one simple technique which is based on percussion motions:
- Gently hit your leg muscles with your fist starting at your ankle. You can use the pinkie side of your hand.
- Repeat these motions as you move up the leg. Concentrate on areas that feel tight.
- Repeat the moves all around the leg.
How often do your legs bother you? What is the best way for you to reduce discomfort? Please share your experience with us below!