Heavy legs: “in & out” remedies

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Heavy and tired legs: the causes

Swollen, heavy legs can be caused by several factors. There may be specific underlying disorders that need to be investigated with your doctor, or the most common causes may be a sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, water retention sometimes combined with cellulite, excessive heat and tight clothing that are conducive to poor circulation.

Physical activity and practical tips to alleviate heavy legs 

The first action to take to alleviate the feeling of heavy, tired legs is to get out of a sedentary lifestyle: get up from your chair often if you work at a computer or sit for many hours, walk or take the stairs as soon as possible, avoid shoes that are too low. 

Water is an invaluable ally of the legs: green light to all water sports that not only improve circulation but also tone our legs. Brisk walking, yoga, pilates are other sports that improve the feeling of heaviness in the legs. All these activities should be practised with constancy and combined with massages and a healthy diet, which we discuss below.

“In” remedies for heavy legs


Consuming cleansing and purifying foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, eating the right amount of protein and carbohydrates, and trying to cut down as much as possible on salt, and foods containing excess salt, and sugar, can help relieve both your weight and the heaviness in your legs. 

Natural remedies

There are many natural remedies for the wellbeing of the legs:

Red vine with draining properties, Butcher's Broom which has tonic and diuretic properties, Centella asiatica useful for improving microcirculation and capillary fragility, Witch Hazel which has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and Horse Chestnut which helps to reactivate circulation, combat swelling and cellulite.

“Out” remedies for heavy legs

“Out” remedies that help deflate and relieve the legs are foot baths alternating hot and cold water that improve circulation by reactivating it combined with the application of eudermic creams containing red vine, butcher's broom or centella asiatica. The foot bath followed by the application of the cream is an excellent ritual to devote yourself to after work.

The importance of massage

Swollen, heavy legs require our care and attention. When we apply an eudermic cream, we can perform circular massages starting from the ankles and slowly, in circular movements, moving up towards the thighs. A daily massage, which can be done either in the morning or in the evening, can bring great benefits by helping to have deflated and light legs.   

The advice is for information only and should not replace medical assistance. Please consult a doctor or health care professional before trying any remedies.