Anyone can suffer from tired legs. Women are most prone to this problem, especially those who are pregnant or who have been pregnant several times. However, men are not immune.
Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to help your legs recover their lightness.
What are the causes and aggravating factors?
Frequent causes of tired legs include heredity, pregnancy and previous pregnancies, the pill, menopause, ageing (loss of muscle tone) and some hormone treatments. Being overweight can also lead to problems. Standing or walking for long periods of time is not recommended for those who suffer from aching legs.
Finally, sources of heat directed towards the legs – underfloor heating, long baths, etc. – dilate veins and can cause legs to feel heavy.
What you can do to help your legs recover their lightness:
- Exercise regularly and/or take a brisk 30-minute walk every day.
- Elevate your legs while lying down.
- Regularly spray cold water on your legs in an upward motion from your feet to your thighs. Alternatively, spray legs with hot and cold water, ending with cold water, to improve circulation.
- In the evening, lie down with your legs up against the wall. Do bending / stretching / rotating exercises with your ankles to help drain blood pooled in your legs.
- If necessary, wear support stockings or socks.
- Use a gel or cream containing active ingredients that tone and improve circulation. Massage the cream into the legs in an upward motion to stimulate blood flow.
Not Recommended :
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Avoid crossing your legs.
- Avoid exposing your legs to heat sources such as underfloor heating and hot baths (unless you keep your legs out of the water).