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The Benefits of Walking For Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome

The experience of restless leg syndrome can be as strange as the name sounds, Especially for women who have never experience any problems in legs. The term is commonly used however, to describe sensations of itching, burning, electric shock, or other general discomforts which can force you to get up in order to walk off these uncomfortable sensations. Usually it is felt in the legs, but it can also affect the upper extremities.

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is just one of the 80 sleep disorders that women can develop during menopause. If you suffer from this symptom and find its effecting your day to day life, don't panic, there's a reason and also an accompanying remedy for it. Keep reading to learn more about this condition and how you can alleviate it with the help of exercise.

How Is RLS Related to Menopause?

Stretching: low estrogen levels inhibit muscle relaxation

Menopause is a time that is most often marked by the fluctuation of hormones (such as estrogen),and many symptoms, which women can encounter. This hormone may at times soar to levels dangerously high, or at others plummet to almost nothing. Studies have shown that extremely low estrogen levels can actually inhibit the metabolism of magnesium, which is known to have a significant role in encouraging muscle relaxation. Therefore when women experience menopausal reductions in estrogen, restless leg syndrome can be just one resultant consequence.

Why Is Walking a Cure for RLS?

Because it is free, easy to do, and can be worked into any daily routine, walking is an excellent workout for restless leg syndrome. Try speed walking or just take a leisurely stroll for as little as 20 minutes a day. If you are not able to create specific times for walking in your schedule, try walking to work or pacing the office in between tasks. The key is to do it consistently, not just when you feel the symptoms of restless leg syndrome.

Woman walking: walking is a prime workout for restless leg syndrome

Before walking, remember to stretch. Stretching will not only prevent you from injuring yourself during exercise, but it will also help to relieve your symptoms. Stretching should be done at the end of your workout in order to help reduce any lactic acid build up that is stored in your muscles after engaging in a physical activity.

Because restless leg syndrome induces discomfort when resting, it is also considered a sleep disorder. If this is causing significant disruption to your day to day life talk to a doctor about your conditions and additional treatments. Click on the following link to learn more about sleep disorders.

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