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If you sit for most of the day at an office job, you might experience a sluggish circulatory system in your lower body. The veins act as a pumping mechanism that is responsible for pumping blood back to the heart. Acting against gravity, the veins have to be strong in order to pump the blood upwards through the body. Exercise, massage, dry brushing and jumping all help to assist the veins in pumping the blood through the legs. If you experience varicose veins or swelling in your lower legs, speak to your doctor.
Stay active throughout the day. Any exercise or movement will help increase the blood circulation in your lower legs. If you are new to fitness, simply walking around the block will help. If you sit down for large parts of the day take five minutes every one to two hours to walk around the house or your office building. The more intense the activity is, the more your blood will pump through your legs. One intense activity that is recommended specifically for circulation is rebounding on a mini trampoline. According to the book "Rebound Exercise," when you jump on a trampoline the force of gravity helps to propel blood upwards toward your heart, reducing the pressure on your leg veins. Try rebounding for 30 minutes, five times per week to increase your blood circulation and burn calories in the process.
Perform dry brushing on your skin once per day. According to "Live Raw," dry brushing increases your circulation by encouraging the blood to flow toward the top layers of skin. Dry brushing is the act of brushing the skin vigorously with a dry bristle brush. Starting at your feet, you'll brush your skin using large, circular strokes. The brush sloughs away dry skin cells and stimulates the capillaries and veins under the layers of skin. Always start at the bottom of your body and work your way up toward your heart. Perform dry skin brushing everyday or at least three times per week. Top off your skin brushing session with a cold shower to further stimulate your circulatory system.
Get a massage regularly to encourage the blood to flow in your lower extremities. According to "Introduction to Massage," one of the primary reasons to get a massage is to stimulate the blood circulation throughout your body. When you schedule an appointment with a professionally qualified massage therapist, ask your therapist to pay special attention to your lower legs -- feet, ankles and calves -- to help stimulate blood flow. Your therapist will use a combination of strokes with her hands, fingers and forearms to knead your muscles and connective tissues.
- Consider joining a yoga class where you'll have to opportunity to stretch your muscles for one hour or more. Stretching your muscles improves the health of your veins and capillaries. Also, in yoga specific postures called inversions raise the lower body above the heart, which is believed to improve circulatory functioning in the lower extremities.