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Scientific Reasons to Put Your Feet Up

Scientific Reasons to Put Your Feet Up

We all know that after a long day out shopping or running around, the first thing we want is something nice to drink and to put out feet up. 

With many of us working from home, our legs and feet aren’t getting the work out they often would.   But that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t benefit from some legs up time. 

So, what are the top scientific reasons to put your feet up?

Relieves muscle tension

Sitting down all day puts pressure on our hips and thighs.  Putting your feet up helps relieve the tension here.  (I swear everything feels less “flat” after I do this!)

Pressure relief

If you’re standing or sitting in the same position for an extended period, this can create pressure on your veins.  Elevating your legs reduces pressure on the veins and gives them a break.

Better blood flow

Raising your legs above your heart is recommended daily, not just for times when you’re feeling faint.  It’s a more relaxing position for the body and assists with blood circulation.

Reduces swelling

As the day goes on, many of us will have experienced the feeling (let alone the look!) of our ankles seeming to put on weight.  Luckily it’s just swelling and can be easily reduced with some simple leg elevation.

Now, there is a right way to do this if you want to get all the benefits…

Feet should be raised above the heart for 15-30 minutes, ideally daily – or at least 3 times a week.

To improve general circulation, elevating your feet above heart level is all you need. 

For the maximum benefit, the best rejuvenation is achieved if you pop your legs up against a wall at a 90 degree angle.  This allows the sacroiliac joints in your hip to relax.  It also soothes tense lower backs - perfect if you’ve been sitting at your desk all day. 

If possible, avoid putting anything under your head for support as this will move the spine from its neutral relaxed position. 

So pop your feet up and leave the video off on your next Zoom call.  And if anyone asks, just say you’re doing it for the scientific benefits!

 

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Fashion Week Heroes - The Footfulness Guide To Fashion Week Survival

Fashion Week Heroes - The Footfulness Guide To Fashion Week Survival

From both a sartorial and comfort perspective, choosing the wrong shoes is a fashion week disaster.  Whilst I can’t whip up an outfit for you, the tips below will help you stay happy on your feet for the week.  

Choose your shoes

The success of your fashion week wardrobe often starts with your shoes.‘Test drive them first’! Go through those new fave buys, as well as your always reliably and trusty collection of staples - once you have chosen a pair or three, that are at the very least mildly comfortable! Make sure you have some flats, or a lower (than usual) heel/wedge with a round toe. (Even Manolo Blahnik has been suggesting that heels might not be the best for this sort of dash and weather!)

Planning on wearing new shoes? Get them a couple of days before hand so you can frolic with them in around the home/office. Also pick yourself up some shoe protecting spray and stretching solution, just in case you need it. (Available at all good shoe repair shops.)

And, of course, pop your Alice Bows in!

The Back-up Team

Mighty peppermint Origins Leg Lifts is a godsend. Use it morning, noon and night – anytime your legs need a pep talk. Just rub a bit on the back of my calves and you’ll be good to go for another few hours. 

Vaseline – If not wearing tights, pop some on the areas of your toes that might rub. It might stop you from needing…..

Blister stickers – You’re kidding yourself if you think you don’t need some of these silent foot warriors in your bag. There will always be someone who is desperate for them, even if it’s not you. Compeed‘s extensive range can be picked up at many pharmacies. 

Support hose – Yup, doesn’t sound super glam (but if you close your eyes and imagine you are Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancing, that may just get you feeling quite vogue’esqu)! With that said be slightly realistic – Winters almost here ladies (fashion disciple or not). So no shaming, lots of us will be wearing them! Support hose do compliment most to every aspect of your outfit, as well as being a wonderful thing of ‘function’! Besides the ones you can get these days don’t look like something off a Little House on The Prairie washing line - Wolford’s 50 and 100 denier support tights are something of great beauty.

If offered a lift, take it

Don’t wait until your feet get tired. The aim is to keep your them happy as long as possible so you’re still smiling at the end of the day.  

End of the day rituals

Once you’re finally home, stretch your legs and your feet. Doesn’t need to be anything fancy sh'mancy – wriggle your toes, circle your feet, flex your ankles, stretch those calves.  Give your feet a massage with foot cream as you pop into bed for your beauty sleep.

(If you think you’ll be too pooped to remember, just stick a note on the bathroom mirror to remind you to do it whilst washing your face. Works for me - most days!)

 

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