My work life involves a lot of sitting and a lot of standing. One day I’ll be at my desk all day, another I’ll be standing in a boardroom giving a presentation for hours on end. As a sufferer of ‘end of day heavy leg’ – that dull, heavy-legged feeling that makes it almost impossible to get comfortable – I need to really think about minimising the stress I put on my legs throughout the day.
I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve that I put into play throughout the day in order not to end up heavy legged each evening. Give them a go and let me know how you get on.
7 Ways To Fight Leg Fatigue
Excercise: Anything you can do to increase your activity will help improve the blood flow back to your heart. Go for a short walk or dance around your office. A couple of exercises that really help me are taking off my shoes, rising onto my tiptoes for a few seconds then relaxing back down. Repeat 10 times. Another is to sit and rotate my feet at the ankles 10 times in one direction and 10 in the opposite direction.
Move About: Sitting and standing for long periods are a sure way to tire out legs. If you sit a lot during the day, try to get up every 40 minutes or so and move around. Squeeze in a couple of the above exercises if you can.
Think Posture: General good posture and avoiding sitting for too long with one leg or one ankle crossed over the other can help.
Rest Up: Put your feet up during your breaks and at the end of the day. Resting with your legs raised is a good idea. If you can persuade your significant other, the addition of a foot and leg rub will melt away those aches.
Drink Up: Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Muscles simply cannot function properly if they are dehydrated, which will only contribute to your end of day leg ache. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and keep sipping!
Shoes: Wearing high heels all day is a real no-no. If you love your heels, slip them off when you can and do the exercises from the above tip. Conversely flat and unsupportive shoes can also aggravate the problem.
The Right Tights: Choosing the right tights can really help. I recently put Scholl Light Legs tights to the challenge to see if they could ease my end of day discomfort. After wearing them for a very long, very busy day filled with both sitting and standing, I have to say I’m impressed.
I’ve worn support tights many times in the past and have always found them a bit restrictive, but Scholl Light Legs were so comfortable that I forgot I was wearing them. They were also a great fit compared to ‘regular tights’. With their secret support, they may very well be the perfect fashionable remedy to that heavy-legged feeling.
They are also really good quality – I’m on wash number three and they’re still going strong which is hardly a surprise when they can last up to 100 washes!
If you want to give Scholl Light Legs a try, Scholl is offering a third off the price when you use offer code LightLegs13 at the checkout. The code is valid for two months from the date of this post.
Here’s to lighter legs!
7 ways to fight leg fatigue has been sponsored by Sholl. All opinions are, as usual, my own and 100% honest.