Vascular diseases can affect more than just our legs. Although less common in the upper extremities, certain venous issues can be damaging to your entire vascular system. One way to reduce discomfort and help with circulation is stretching the upper body and staying as active as possible. suggests these easy, at-home stretches and strength exercises for the upper body to help improve your vascular health:

  1. Head Tilt – Warm up your neck by doing a slow nod, hold for five seconds, then release.
  2. Neck Rolls – With your feet shoulder width apart, carefully roll your head in a slow, 360-degree circle.
  3. Arm Cross – Stretch your upper arm muscles by bringing one arm across your chest, and use the other for support to increase the stretch. Switch sides after about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Curls – Straighten your arms, make a fist and curl your arms slowly toward your chest, then repeat the motion with your arms out to the side of your body.
  5. Arm Raises – Raise your arms from your sides to the sky in front of you. Repeat from the side.
  6. Boxing – Reach one arm across your body and out in front of you, as if you were punching an invisible boxing bag. Extend your back slightly with each punch.

Check out the rest of the article here for more easy exercises to help improve upper body circulation.