Having healthy circulation is so important! Your blood carries oxygen and nutrients to every part of your body. Without proper blood flow, your body is deprived of both oxygen and the nutrients it needs to function properly. By boosting your circulation, you can improve your overall body function and reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Here are some of the best exercises for healthy circulation:
- Burpees — These bad boys are brilliant for not just circulation, but your fitness overall! The movement (squat, jump to plank position, push-up, jump your feet to hands, stand, jump into the air, and repeat) hits your chest, triceps, shoulders, core, quads, hamstrings, and glutes, depleting oxygen from these major upper and lower body muscle groups. This forces your heart and lungs to work harder to supply oxygen, giving you an excellent cardio workout that will improve circulation!
- Warrior Poses –– Yoga’s Warrior poses (Warrior I, Warrior II, and Warrior III) are all excellent for your circulation. Not only do they engage your muscles (legs, back, and shoulders), but they help you to expand your lung capacity and focus on your breathing.
- Jump Squats — Jump squats combine explosive strength training with regular muscle-building. The Squat portion of the exercise hits your leg muscles (quads, glutes, and hamstrings), but your cardiovascular system has to work extra hard to do the Jump part of the exercise. A few sets of Jump Squats every day will do wonders for your circulation!
- Kettlebell Swings — This movement enhances mobility, increases muscular strength, and engages most of the major muscle groups in both your upper and lower body. The more muscles are engaged, the more your body has to work to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the tired muscles. Kettlebell Swings are great for your cardiovascular conditioning, and will help to enhance your circulation significantly.
- Lunges — Lunges engage all of the muscles in your lower body (quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves). Your lower body muscles are the largest muscle group, meaning they use more energy and oxygen than your chest or back. The more you work the muscles, the more your heart and lungs have to work to deliver oxygen and nutrients. This leads to an excellent boost in your circulation!
- Jump Rope — Jump rope is, by far, one of the best forms of cardiovascular conditioning. There is a bit of impact on your joints (particularly the feet joints), but it’s easier on your knees and back than running. Jumping is also harder on your body than running, meaning your heart and lungs have to work harder to pump blood and oxygen through your body. The result: better circulation! You should include jump rope in every workout.
- Jogging/Running — There’s nothing like good old-fashioned running or jogging to get your heart pumping, your lungs working, and your blood flowing. Try some HIIT training for a serious cardiovascular workout, or do a slow jog for 45 minutes to enhance your endurance. No matter how you run, in the end, you’ll improve your circulation.
These exercises are the BEST to enhance circulation and blood flow, promoting a healthy heart and reducing your risk of cardiac disorders.