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Exercises that Increase Blood Flow

By Christopher Godwin

Increased blood flow to your body and brain can be achieved through a variety of exercises, many of which can be performed by those who have health conditions and cannot do strenuous activities. Increased blood flow will also boost oxygen to your muscles and help remove waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid while increasing endorphins, which are natural painkillers and promote a general sense of well being.

Perform stretching exercises every morning when you wake up to increase blood flow. Start by sitting flat on the floor or standing upright and touching your toes, then stretch upward with your hands toward the ceiling, keeping your feet flat on the floor. Stretching exercises are particularly beneficial for increasing blood flow if you have health problems and cannot perform more strenuous activities.

Go for a walk outside or on a treadmill when weather conditions will not permit exercise. According to the Franklin Institute, walking increases blood circulation to the brain as well as glucose and oxygen. As an added benefit, walking as little as 20 minutes per day might also help improve memory retention as you age.

Begin jogging at a slow pace after you are used to walking every day. Jogging will increase the blood flow to your brain, lungs and muscles more efficiently than walking, and it can also help keep the muscles in your body toned and healthy for daily activities. Jogging for as few as 15 minutes can provide ample health benefits.

Take up fun aerobic activities such as yoga, dancing, ice skating or swimming. These activities will elevate your heart and breathing rates quickly, which will in turn increase the blood flow in your brain and body. By performing activities that you find entertaining and fun, you might be more likely to stick to your workout routine because it won’t feel so much like work.

Tip

Do stretching exercises quickly to speed up your heart rate, but keep your movements fluid to avoid pulling muscles or hurting yourself. Start slow and speed up once your body is used to the movements.

Warnings

Talk to your doctor before starting any physical exercise to make sure you are healthy enough. If you are taking any medications, you should talk to your doctor about altering your fitness routine and increasing your heart rate and blood flow. Some medicines might have side effects.

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