Restless leg syndrome or RLS is usually taken for granted until it gets serious enough to warrant medical attention. RLS causes uncomfortable sensations such as crawling, tingling, or creeping feelings in the legs, and an overwhelming urge to move the affected limbs. These symptoms usually occur when sitting or sleeping, often at night, and can dramatically impact sleep quality.
Exercise can ease many symptoms, including those experienced by people with restless leg syndrome. Studies show that a regular regimen of physical activity can help lessen minor RLS symptoms. Aerobic exercise and resistance training for the lower body are some of the best practices to help minimize leg pain and improve sleep. It is important to exercise in moderation and only as much as the body can handle, however, as over-exertion may aggravate symptoms.
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