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Old 28.09.2011, 14:56
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Post-Workout Recovery Tip

Have you experienced your legs feeling heavy and tired after an exhausting traninig? Have you had your feet swollen after a long flight? How did you deal with this problem?

There is a simple and effective procedure to remedy such rather frequent occurrence. Lay down on the floor on your back, close to the wall and put your legs up against the wall. Keep your hips close to the wall and your legs positioned vertical. Hold you position for 10-15 minutes. Stop the exercise when you feel that your legs are getting numb. First, lay your legs flat on the floor for another 2-3 minutes and then – slowly get up.

This simple remedy is used by athletes and it comes from the 18th century noble Englishman, Sir Isaac Newton, and now we can say after him – „gravity works”. When you keep your legs higher than the rest of your body, then your heart has a difficulty to pump your blood to the periphery of your body (elevated arms and legs) and must overcome the force of gravity.

During the progression of this simple exercise you will feel that your blood circulation in your higher positioned legs is going to decrease, giving the feeling of tingling and, sooner or later, numbness. Therefore, the blood ceases to circulate in the feet and lower legs. First, you feel tingling and then numbness in the legs. The blood that departs from that area "takes away” metabolic waste products (in the form of the lymphatic flow) down toward the lymph nodes that will purify the system.

This procedure is easy, simple and very effective, but it is not intended for individuals who have symptoms of cardiovascular disease, general circulation disorders, or hypertension. Consult your doctor if you're not sure about your heart condition.
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