Tippy-toe trick that de­liv­ers all day joy!

Woman's World - - Start your week with a smile! -

F eel­ing foggy and fa­tigued? Age-re­lated slow­downs in cir­cu­la­tion de­prive your body of the nu­tri­ent-rich blood it needs to func­tion in top form. The good news: Tiny tweaks can get your blood flow­ing for feel- great pep! Stand on your tip­toes! One quick and easy way to in­crease your cir­cu­la­tion in less than 30 sec­onds: Lift your heels. Do­ing so works the soleus mus- cles at the back of your calves, which act like a “sec­ond heart” to push blood through the veins and ar­ter­ies as they con­tract. How to: Stand while grip­ping a counter or sturdy chair back for sup­port. Then raise your heels to trans­fer your weight to the balls of your feet and squeeze your calf mus­cles for one sec­ond. Lower and re­peat 20 times. Chuckle over a video! “Plea­sur­able ac­tiv­i­ties like laugh­ing have been shown to stim­u­late cir­cu­la­tion,” says Chris­tiane Northrup, M.D., au­thor of God­desses Never Age. En­joy­ing your­self is so po­tent that re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more re­port that watch­ing a funny film for 15 min­utes im­proves cir­cu­la­tion by 22%. And sci­en­tists from the Univer­sity of Texas say the happy ef­fect lasts for 24 hours! En­joy a mocha sip! “Cof­fee is proven to boost blood flow,” says Edi­son de Mello, M.D., founder of the Akasha Cen­ter in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia. In fact, the jolt of caf­feine in your cup of joe is so ef­fec­tive at en­hanc­ing the healthy func­tion­ing of the cells lin­ing blood ves­sel walls that ex­perts at the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion say a sin­gle cup im­proves blood cir­cu­la­tion by 30%. Up the ef­fects even more by sprin­kling your java with a tea­spoon of dark choco­late pow­der. Co­coa’s flavonoids are proven to keep ar­ter­ies flex­i­ble, which is key to op­ti­mal blood flow. Take mi­cro walks! Mov­ing your body is key to keep­ing blood flow­ing and cir­cu­la­tion strong—yet most of us spend a full 13 hours a day sit­ting in the car, at the kitchen table and at our desks! The sim­ple so­lu­tion: Set a timer as a re­minder to take a two- to three-minute break every hour to walk around the of­fice, stroll down your drive­way, or bring the clean laun­dry up­stairs. Re­search from the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion re­veals that th­ese lit­tle bursts of light move­ment add up, re­vers­ing a full six hours of in­ac­tiv­ity by the time you wrap up your day. —Kal­lie E. Kris­tensen

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