When your active weekend leaves you sore, these mid-week remedies for the office will help you feel like yourself again.
Watch a dog or a cat; they're constantly stretching their legs. So, why don’t we? Maybe we can learn something from them. Stretch whenever you can--even when you're stuck at the office. There are plenty of simple stretches that you can do from anywhere.
If you're the kind of person who likes the idea of stretching but would never remember to actually do it, set a timer. When the timer goes off, work your body through a simple routine: roll your shoulders, lift your arms, look up to the ceiling and down the floor. Take some deep breaths. Take 2 minutes to move your body and shake up your bloodflow -- you'll feel the effects for the rest of the day.
Give those feet and legs some extra love. Whether you work out the achey muscles yourself, or go to a professional, a massage will help your muscles recover faster, and offer much-needed relief.
Rolling a tennis ball from heel to toe can really help. Don’t forget those arches!
Photo from The Dyrt Ranger Stephanie camping at Oxbow Regional Park, OR
Do you ever prop up your feet, so they’re elevated above the rest of your body? This can help decrease the swelling. Certain yoga poses that get your feet higher than your heart will help, too. Go easy on the salt to prevent additional swelling.
Sitting impedes your blood flow, and sitting at your desk isn't going to help your muscles recover. Compression socks like Lily Trotters are made of high-quality fabrics that apply all the right pressure to your legs and feet, helping to improve your circulation.
Standing for long periods presents other circulation problems for your feet and legs. If you have a job where you’re on your feet all day, you’ll love these socks, too.
Sometimes you really must use those ice packs, too. Consider taking a few work breaks to combat all that inflammation. If you can't ice at work, it'll feel great to break out the ice packs (or an ice bath) once you're back home.
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