Exercising regularly is strongly recommended if you have varicose veins. Not only does regular exercise help in managing the symptoms of varicose veins, but it can also keep them from progressing by improving the blood circulation.
However, not all forms of exercise are appropriate for varicose veins. There are some exercises that can exacerbate your enlarged veins by increasing abdominal and leg pressure. There are also those exercises that the vein specialists of Premier Vein Clinic in Knoxville do recommend. A perfect example of that is swimming.
Swimming and Varicose Veins
Swimming is a low impact aerobic activity that can benefit your whole body, including your veins.
Unlike other exercises, swimming utilizes multiple muscle groups, which improves your overall blood circulation better than other forms of exercise. On top of that, it relieves the pressure on the affected veins and works your whole body.
If you have joint problems, swimming is an ideal exercise as it’s a low impact workout and helps improve the mobility and flexibility of your stiff joints.
Tips for Beginner Swimmers
Even if swimming poses a lower risk for injuries, you can still hurt yourself with it if you’re not careful.
If you haven’t been swimming for quite a while, it’s important to start things slowly. For many beginners, they find it useful to start with treading in the water. This simple step can help you get more comfortable in the pool and at the same time, helps you build more muscle strength.
As you become more comfortable in the water and feel stronger, you can incorporate or move to a more intense workout. You may start the transition by using a kickboard for your laps. This will give your arms a rest while you work out your legs.
When you don’t feel like swimming, you can still benefit from being in the water. You can do leg lifts, kicking from side to side, or pedaling in place while in the water.
If your varicose veins are not getting better and it’s affecting your quality of life, Premier Surgical Vein Clinic in Knoxville, TN can help. We specialize in non-surgical laser methods of treating varicose veins. The treatments take less than an hour and are covered by most insurance plans!
If you want to love how your legs look and feel again, call Premier Vein Clinic for an appointment today at 865-588-8229.