Scientific Reasons to Put Your Feet Up

Scientific Reasons to Put Your Feet Up - Alice Bow

We all know that after a long day out shopping or running around, the first thing we want is something nice to drink and to put out feet up. 

With many of us working from home, our legs and feet aren’t getting the work out they often would.   But that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t benefit from some legs up time. 

So, what are the top scientific reasons to put your feet up?

Relieves muscle tension

Sitting down all day puts pressure on our hips and thighs.  Putting your feet up helps relieve the tension here.  (I swear everything feels less “flat” after I do this!)

Pressure relief

If you’re standing or sitting in the same position for an extended period, this can create pressure on your veins.  Elevating your legs reduces pressure on the veins and gives them a break.

Better blood flow

Raising your legs above your heart is recommended daily, not just for times when you’re feeling faint.  It’s a more relaxing position for the body and assists with blood circulation.

Reduces swelling

As the day goes on, many of us will have experienced the feeling (let alone the look!) of our ankles seeming to put on weight.  Luckily it’s just swelling and can be easily reduced with some simple leg elevation.

Now, there is a right way to do this if you want to get all the benefits…

Feet should be raised above the heart for 15-30 minutes, ideally daily – or at least 3 times a week.

To improve general circulation, elevating your feet above heart level is all you need. 

For the maximum benefit, the best rejuvenation is achieved if you pop your legs up against a wall at a 90 degree angle.  This allows the sacroiliac joints in your hip to relax.  It also soothes tense lower backs - perfect if you’ve been sitting at your desk all day. 

If possible, avoid putting anything under your head for support as this will move the spine from its neutral relaxed position. 

So pop your feet up and leave the video off on your next Zoom call.  And if anyone asks, just say you’re doing it for the scientific benefits!


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