Varicose to Perfect is an accredited vein treatment center that offers minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins. Many patients visit our practice looking to manage the development of their varicose veins. While exercise alone will not always be enough to prevent the onset of your varicose veins, some physical activities can make a big difference in keeping your condition from progressing further. Here are three exercises to consider when trying to prevent the further development of varicose veins:
Walking is a great physical activity that you can do to help you lose weight, maintain healthy blood pressure, and strengthen your muscles. This is a low-impact exercise that will improve blood circulation throughout your body, including your legs. When you improve your blood circulation, this helps prevent the pooling of blood and in turn, benefits the varicose veins symptoms of swelling and cramping. You can also include some lunges into your walking routine to strengthen different muscle groups in your feet and calves, which will also help to keep blood flowing throughout your legs. While running is also an option, remember to use compression stockings while running, and try running on softer surfaces, to ensure you are not putting more pressure on your leg veins.
Similar to walking, bicycling is a low-impact activity that can increase circulation while still protecting your joints. Pedaling a bike stimulates blood flow through the legs, improving your circulation. If you don’t have access to a bike, try lying on your back, drawing your knees toward your chest, and making a pedaling motion with your legs. You may even consider swimming if you are looking for a similar activity that increases circulation while also protecting your joints. The point is to find an activity that is most accessible to you to help get the blood flowing throughout your legs. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the most common contributors to circulation issues and the progression of varicose veins. By keeping your legs moving, you will greatly help manage the development of further varicose veins.
Another great exercise to improve your vascular health is to perform leg lifts. Leg lifts require no additional equipment and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Begin by lying flat on your back, then gently lift one leg up at a time. Hold your leg in the air for a few seconds before alternating your legs. You can also practice leg lifts while you are standing by holding onto a stable object and then extending one leg at a time in front of you. Even while you are resting between exercises, remember to keep your legs elevated as much as possible. This will help relieve swollen or achy legs caused by backed-up blood flow.
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When exercise isn’t enough to manage your vein health, consider visiting our office. We provide a wide range of services and treatment options for conditions ranging from Varicose Veins and Venous Leg Ulcers to Facial and Hand Veins. Our friendly and professional staff ensures each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation, education of common risk factors, and access to minimally invasive varicose vein treatments. Schedule an appointment online today!