You may think exercise for restless leg syndrome is the last thing you need, but exercise is actually excellent therapy for your condition. By regularly massaging, stretching and exercising your legs, you will find it easier to relax during the times you need to try to keep those restless legs still.
One of the best ways to combat restless legs syndrome is to take up yoga. This form of exercise features both physical and mental components, allowing you to calm your entire system down. The strenuous asana-also referred to as poses-will challenge your muscles, while the calming asana will stretch and relax your entire body. The sense of calm you experience in yoga will help relax those restless legs. You may find some of the breathing exercises, stretches and asana are helpful off the mat as well.
Running and Deep Stretching
If you work a job where you have to resist indulging your restless legs' urges, you may find significant relief from a morning and evening run. Even fifteen minutes before your shower and fifteen minutes at the end of the day may make a significant difference for the hours you have spend sitting or lying down. Sprint hard, then spend time stretching your legs as deeply as possible. Whenever possible, enjoy a hot bath after running and stretching.
Walking Stairs, Followed by Deep Tissue Massage
This exercise is something you may even be able to fit in while at work. Take the stairs whenever possible, working your legs intensely as you go. If possible, walk several flights of stairs at the end of the day, then finish off with a deep tissue massage. You can purchase tubes that are designed to massage your leg muscles; simply roll these tubes underneath your legs and use the weight of your body to massage your muscles. The combination of working the muscles on the stairs and then massaging the tissue may give you relief.