How to Sit for Better Circulation?

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Many people think that the only solution is to move more when it comes to improving circulation. But what if you’re stuck in a desk job or have trouble getting up and moving? Sitting the right way can help improve your circulation and make your day a little easier. Follow my four tips below for sitting better!

As a general rule, to improve circulation while sitting get your seat as high as possible with your feet on the ground. Ensure that you sit back into the seat so there is 2″ of space between the edge of the seat and your back. Use lumbar support and keep your hips above your knees at all times.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from circulation problems, you know how painful and debilitating they can be. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to improve your circulation. I have been helping people with circulation problems for over 30 years, and I have also researched the subject extensively. I have even made youtube videos about these subjects and written a book about common back, leg, and foot problems.  This article will help you find the answers that you are looking for!

What Is Good Circulation and Why Is It Important?

Good circulation is essential to all the systems in the human body. The heart pumps blood through the arteries and veins, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every cell. The lymphatic system helps remove waste products and cellular debris from the tissues. When circulation is impaired, it can lead to a build-up of toxins and inflammation, damaging organs and tissue. In addition, poor circulation can contribute to arthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Maintaining good circulation is essential for good health, and there are several things you can do to improve your circulation that will discuss in this article.

How to Sit for Better Circulation

Poor circulation can lead to many problems, including fatigue, swollen limbs, and varicose veins. Sitting is now considered ‘the new smoking’. But there are a few simple things you can do to improve your circulation.

Get the Seat Height Right

ideal seat height

To ensure that you’re comfortable, your seat height should be adjusted so that both legs are parallel to the floor. This will help keep blood flowing freely and avoid getting cramped up from depending too much on one area of our body’s shape (such as if we had long Limbs). It also gives us more freedom to explore new places since elevating seats allows for greater mobility!

Ensure Proper Seat Depth

seat depth

If you spend a lot of time sitting, you know how important it is to have a comfortable chair. After all, if you’re going to be sitting for hours at a time, you might as well be comfortable, right? One of the most critical factors in comfort is surface area. The more surface area you contact the chair, the more evenly distributed your weight will be and the more comfortable you’ll be. A seat depth adjustment is such a standard feature on office chairs. By adjusting the depth of the seat, you can make sure that your back is adequately supported and that your legs have enough room. As a general rule, the more surface area you contact the chair, the more comfortable you’ll be.

Use a Lumbar Support

natural latex lumbar pillow

Sitting for long periods can cause discomfort, particularly in the lower back area. Proper support for the lower part of the spine is important to reduce muscle strain and pain. Many office chairs now have adjustable lumbar support which allows for customization based on individual needs. If your chair does not have adjustable lumbar support, a small pillow or lumbar roll can provide extra support temporarily.

Correct Seat Angle

good vs bad seating posture wedge

There are many causes of poor circulation, but perhaps none is more common than back pain. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing this type of pain. One of the most important is to maintain a forward tilt when sitting. In other words, your hips should be higher than your knees, and the bulk of your weight should be shifted from your spine to your core. While this may not be possible if you don’t have an ergonomic office chair, there are other options, such as an ergonomic wedge cushion. By adjusting your posture, you can make a significant difference in your overall comfort level.

What Is the Best Seat Cushion for Circulation?

seat cushion piriformis

Sitting for long periods can lead to discomfort and pain in the legs and feet generally due to poor circulation. This is often caused by pressure on certain areas of the body when sitting in one position for an extended period. To alleviate this, you may consider using a cushion that provides support to the back and helps to reduce pressure on the muscles and nerves. This type of ergonomic cushion is also designed to engage core muscles and improve circulation. Implementing such a cushion while sitting for long periods can help to reduce discomfort and improve overall well-being.

The Best Sitting Positions for Improved Circulation

When it comes to improving circulation, many people believe that the best sitting position is one in which their legs are elevated. However, research has shown that a moving posture is always best, regardless of leg elevation. When stationary, your muscles are not contracting, and blood flow slows. Make sure you sleep on an orthopedic mattress with an ergonomic pillow to get your sleep right. When using a chair or ergonomic seat cushion, maintain good posture and use both hips equally. By following these tips, you can help improve your circulation and overall health.

Keep Your Circulation Healthy with These 13 Tips:

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is essential for all the systems in the body, including circulation. When you are dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker and slower-moving. This can lead to a build-up of toxins and inflammation. Drink eight glasses of water per day to keep your blood flowing and your circulation healthy.


Exercise strengthens the heart and helps to keep the blood flowing. It also helps to reduce stress and improve circulation. A healthy diet is also essential for good circulation.
Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables

A healthy diet is essential for good circulation. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and help to reduce inflammation. They also help to keep the blood flowing smoothly. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day to improve your circulation.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your circulation. It constricts the blood vessels and decreases oxygen levels in the blood. This can lead to many problems, including strokes, heart attacks, and peripheral artery disease. If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your circulation.

Get Regular Check-Ups

Regular check-ups with your doctor can help to identify any circulation problems. Early detection and treatment of circulation problems can help to prevent serious health complications.

Manage Your Stress Levels

Stress can harm circulation. When you’re stressed, your heart rate increases, and your blood vessels constrict. This can lead to high blood pressure and a host of other problems. To keep your circulation healthy, it’s essential to manage your stress levels.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is vital for overall health, including circulation. When you’re well-rested, your blood vessels can relax, and your blood pressure stays low. Getting six to eight hours of sleep per night is ideal for maintaining good circulation.

Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing

Tight-fitting clothing can restrict blood flow and lead to circulation problems. To keep your circulation healthy, it’s important to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Dry skin can lead to circulation problems. When your skin is dry, it cracks and allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can cause inflammation and a host of other issues. To keep your circulation healthy, it’s essential to keep your skin moisturized.

Take Breaks

Sitting or standing in one position for long periods can lead to circulation problems. It’s essential to take breaks often to move around and stretch to keep your circulation healthy,
Elevate your legs when you can.

Elevating your legs above your heart helps to improve circulation. This can be done by lying down and placing a pillow under your legs or sitting in a chair with your feet up.

Don’t Cross Your Legs

Crossing your legs can restrict blood flow and lead to circulation problems. To keep your circulation healthy, it’s essential to avoid crossing your legs.

Get Regular Massages

Massages can help to improve circulation by stimulating the muscles and promoting blood flow. Regular massages can also help to reduce stress and tension, which can lead to circulation problems.

Exercises for Better Circulation

Many exercises can help to improve circulation. Here are my suggestions:

  • Walking: Walking is a great way to get blood flowing and also helps to tone the muscles.
  • Swimming: Swimming is another excellent exercise for promoting circulation as it works for all the major muscle groups.
  • Biking: Biking is an excellent exercise for the legs and helps to promote circulation.
  • Jogging: Jogging is a great cardio workout that helps get the blood flowing.
  • Aerobics: Aerobics is a great way to get your heart rate up and help improve circulation.

10 Warnings of When to See a Doctor about Poor Circulation.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is crucial to see a doctor.

  • Pain in the legs or feet during activity that goes away with rest
  • Coldness in the hands or feet
  • Skin discoloration in the hands or feet
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Swelling in the legs or feet
  • Open sores or wounds on the legs or feet that are slow to heal
  • Cramping in the legs during activity
  • Hair loss on the legs or feet
  • Weakness in the muscles of the legs
  • Poor nail growth on the toes or fingers

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to see a doctor as soon as possible. Poor circulation can lead to several serious health problems. Early diagnosis and treatment are necessary for preventing complications.

Does Sitting on Legs Help Circulation?

There is no denying that spending hours sitting down can take a toll on our bodies. From neck and back pain to poor circulation, there are a number of health problems that can be caused by sitting for too long. But what about our legs? Does sitting down help or hurt circulation in our lower limbs?

The jury is still out on this one. Some experts believe that sitting with your legs elevated can help improve circulation. This position allows the blood to flow more easily from your lower body to your heart. However, others contend that any position of crossing your legs can impede circulation. They argue that crossing your legs puts pressure on the veins in your legs, making it more difficult for blood to flow freely.

What Are the Signs of Poor Circulation?

One common sign of poor circulation is numbness or tingling in the extremities. This can occur when blood flow is restricted to the hands or feet, causing the nerves to become damaged. Poor circulation can also cause pain in the extremities and cramping, fatigue, and weakness. In severe cases, poor circulation can lead to gangrene, a potentially life-threatening condition. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to see a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to improve your overall health and prevent serious complications.

Do Standing Desks Help with Circulation?

standing desk mat

For years, we’ve been told that sitting is the new smoking. And with good reason—a sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a host of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. But even if you’re diligent about getting your daily workout, chances are you still spend most of your day sitting down. That’s why more and more people opt for standing desks to reduce the amount of time they spend seated. But do standing desks help with circulation?

The answer is complicated. There is some evidence to suggest that standing desks can improve circulation, but it’s not clear how significant the benefits are. One study found that standing desk users had lower protein levels associated with inflammation and better blood flow.

How Do You Improve Circulation in Legs in the Elderly?

Poor circulation in the legs is a common problem among older adults. The legs can feel heavy, tired, and painful when circulation is impaired. Poor circulation can lead to serious health complications such as ulcers, blood clots, and gangrene when left untreated. There are several things that older adults can do to improve circulation in their legs. Firstly, regular exercise is essential for maintaining good circulation. Walking, swimming, and biking are all excellent exercises for improving circulation.
Additionally, it is essential to maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts extra strain on the circulatory system and worsens symptoms. Finally, older adults should avoid crossing their legs when sitting and wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid constricting blood vessels. By taking these simple steps, older adults can help to improve circulation in their legs and reduce their risk of developing severe health problems.

What Happens to Our Blood When We Sit for a Long Time?

When we sit for a long time, our blood flow slows, becoming less alert. Our muscles start to tense up, and our energy levels drop. We may even begin to feel a little depressed. Reduced blood flow causes these effects on our brains. When we sit, the position of our body cuts off the supply of oxygen-rich blood to our brain. This can lead to a decrease in the production of new brain cells and a loss of connections between existing ones. In addition, the reduced blood flow can also cause mood swings and difficulty concentrating. So if you’re looking to improve your mental health, it’s essential to take breaks from sitting and get your heart rate up every once in a while.


Sitting the right way can make a big difference in your circulation, comfort, and productivity. Follow these tips to get started! Contact us today if you’re looking for more advice or want a seat that will help you follow these guidelines. We have a wide selection of ergonomic seat cushions that will help improve your health and comfort while you work.





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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC


My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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