Regular physical activity is usually recommended for those with varicose veins, a condition affecting about 1 in every 4 adults in the United States. While there are several options to choose from, one of the most highly recommended activities by specialists is swimming.

Why swimming can be good for those with varicose veins?

There are several reasons why swimming is considered as one of the best exercises for varicose vein sufferers:

  1. Swimming reduces the effect of gravity on the lower legs, which lessens the pressure on the vessels.
  2. The slight pressure from the waterworks the muscles, helping the veins push blood back to the heart.
  3. Swimming utilizes different muscle groups, which improves the overall blood circulation.

Swimming is a low-impact exercise, which does not just improve the symptoms of varicose veins but may also shrink the swollen veins in the long run. Unlike other aerobic exercises, swimming is mild on the joints.

Tips for Beginners

If you are completely new to swimming, it’s best to start by being comfortable in the water first. For many beginners, treading in the water is a good first step. It helps them build muscle strength and at the same time, helps them to feel comfortable in it.

You may also want to do laps using a kickboard to give your arms a break. However, if you end up not liking swimming at all, there are water activities that you can try. These include water leg lifting, pedaling, and kicking on the side of the pool.

Varicose Veins can affect your quality of life. If the appearance and symptoms are bothering you, the vein experts at Premier Vein Clinic in Knoxville can help. Premier Vein Clinic is the ONLY Vein Center in the Knoxville area with an entire team, of actual Vascular Surgeons assessing and treating your veins. We offer a number of innovative vein treatments, including non-invasive ones. 

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