Raising the legs above the heart for at least 15 minutes a day is a routine that benefits our body.
The legs are generally the ones that receive the most tension from our daily activities; for this reason, specialists recommend raising the legs at the end of the day to help muscle relaxation, especially in the calves.
Benefits of raising your legs:
Sitting or standing for long hours affects the veins and arteries’ correct functioning. Raising your legs helps the force of gravity work in favor of the blood system and improves circulation.
Relieves the feeling of tired legs:
If you feel that at the end of the day your legs are swollen, especially the ankles, lifting your legs will relax the calves, and decrease the tension, even in the hips.
Elevating your legs also improves circulation to internal organs, especially the intestines; tension decreases, and the digestive system works well.
Helps the nervous system and reduce stress:
Elevating the legs generates a feeling of well-being and relaxation in the body. It increases oxygen and raises respiratory capacity, which helps reduce stress and gives relief to the tension in the neck and abdomen.
How to raise the legs correctly?
- To do this pose, lie on your back and bring your legs as straight as possible against the wall.
- It is recommended to put a cushion under the lumbar area (lower back) to achieve a better position; the arms should remain relaxed on the floor.
- Try to wear comfortable clothing and breathe easily. Hold the pose for 15 to 20 minutes.
The content of this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.