To kick off the new year, we’re focusing on one of the most important parts of your health—your circulation! We put together a list of easy ways you can increase your circulation throughout the day to prevent blood-related issues.
1. Set Reminders to Move
If your job requires you to sit at a desk for long periods of time, it can be difficult to make it a point to move throughout the day. One way to remember to keep moving is to set reminders on your phone or computer. Even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, it can make a big difference in your overall circulation. Most of the smart watches and fitness trackers already have these programmed.
2. Stick to a Routine
We know that every new year list mentions an exercise routine, but it can also prevent blood clots and blood flow-related issues while helping you feel great.
3. Stay Hydrated
Increased water with less alcohol intake can help blood move through your veins while maintaining the well-being of your blood vessels. Drinking enough water also has great health benefits overall, so everyone should hydrate throughout the day. Or you can stay hydrated at our canteen station after making a donation!
4. Get a Massage
While getting a massage can be stress-relieving, it can also help your blood flow to other parts of the body. In particular, leg massages can help fight the pull of gravity, which makes it more difficult for blood to travel a long distance to the heart. We recommend talking to your physician before trying massage to increase your circulation to make sure that you can withstand the pressure of massage and greater blood flow.
5. Spice Up Your Meals
Some studies show that eating spicy food can open blood vessels and improve circulation throughout your body. We like to add spice to our diet at our favorite Tex-Mex restaurants like El Rancho Grande in Fort Worth, Don Carlos in Waco and Ojeda’s locations across the metroplex.
6. Use Hot Water
Taking a hot shower or bath can help open your blood vessels and increase circulation. Plus, it helps relax tense muscles to reduce overall stress.
Now’s the perfect time to establish new habits that can increase your circulation so you can prevent blood-related issues. And it’s a great time to make an appointment to donate blood to help other people in your community. Click here to find a donor center near you!