5 simple tips for hot celebrity legs
June 2, 2015
Great legs take work, and there’s no shortage of celebrity-inspired workouts that target the gluts, thighs and hamstrings and claim to unleash your inner Kelly Ripa. But great legs don’t need to only be tied to hard workouts. Some simple daily practices can keep your legs looking great and beach-ready all year long.
Nick Morrison, MD, world-renowned phlebologist and founder of Morrison Vein Institute in Scottsdale, earns his living by treating vein disorders, most of them in the legs. Morrison knows a great pair of legs starts with a healthy venous system. He offers five simple tips that are good for veins and great for legs in general.
When your calf muscle contracts, it helps to move blood through the veins and up to the heart. Simply getting up on your toes as much as possible allows that calf muscle to do this critical work. It’s necessary for vein health and avoiding varicose veins, but calf exercises also add definition to the calf muscle itself for aesthetic appeal.
“The great thing about calf raises is you can do them anywhere, at the office, at home, while you’re running errands. Just remind yourself to engage that muscle as much as possible,” Morrison added.
Diet is a key factor when it comes to great legs, and Morrison is a big fan of berries in particular. They contain anti-inflammatory agents known as flavonoids that have been tied to healthy veins and also bring plenty of antioxidant benefits. Europe has even been experimenting with flavonoid treatment for ulcerations and venous insufficiency for years.
Studies have linked dancing with mind, body health and wellness. Get the legs moving and your mind off the day’s responsibilities and get your heart pumping as well. Dancing brings more of a cardio workout than some expect.
“We just celebrated International Dance Day in April, but I say people should celebrate it every month, every week – it’s great for the legs. It’s like getting calf raises in without thinking about it,” Morrison added.
Leg up cool down
When cooling down after a cardio routine, take the pressure off your veins and legs by putting your legs above your head. You can do this by simply lying down next to a wall and raising your feet above your head. For those yoga enthusiasts, the Downward Dog Split exercise is a great one for getting your legs above the head too.
Compression with exercise
No matter what cardio routine you embrace, do it with compression wear. Studies have shown runners to be less sore after their workouts when wearing compression hose, and there are plenty of people who enjoy a cool, light feeling in their legs during and after a workout.
“Compression wear is huge now. You’ll even see professional athletes using it on their arms and legs while competing in a game or in practice,” Morrison added.
For more information about the latest treatments for your varicose veins or to schedule a FREE vein checkup, visit www.morrisonvein.com, call 480-860-6455 or email the Morrison Vein Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Morrison, MD, is a world-renowned leader in the phlebology field, an American College of Phlebology Fellow, a member of the American Venous Forum and President-Elect of Union of International Phlebology (UIP). He has performed thousands of vein procedures during his 20-year career and trained other medical professionals on advanced vein treatment techniques.