If you’ve been suffering from varicose veins, you may know how painful they can be and not to mention, unsightly. While there’s no absolute way to prevent them or cure them, regular physical activity can keep them from getting worse.
Here are some of the best exercises if you have varicose veins:
This is the simplest exercise for varicose vein sufferers. It doesn’t need any special equipment and it’s low impact.
The easiest way to get started is to set a timer on your phone or computer to remind you to stand and walk, even if it’s just a few minutes each day.
Marching in place
If walking outside or around your office isn’t possible during workdays, you can do marching in place instead.
This exercise can still get your heart pumping and blood moving. If you’re looking for an added challenge, you can lift your knees higher and do overhead presses.
Sitting at your desk or traveling for a long period of time can exacerbate some of your varicose vein symptoms.
Calf flexors can help relieve that discomfort. To do this, simply put your feet flat on the floor and then slowly raise your toes. This will stretch your calf muscles.
If you have joint issues but still want to get moving, swimming may suit you well. It’s a low impact activity. Just like any cardio, it helps in increasing the circulation to your heart and to other areas of your body.
Cycling is one of the best leg exercises for varicose veins. It’s another low-impact exercise and a great way to strengthen your leg and calf muscles.
You can take your bike for a spin around the block or you can get a stationary bike and experience the same benefits while doing it inside your house.
Do not underestimate stretching. They may be gentle exercises but they can give you a good workout.
A good example is the quadriceps stretch performed on one leg, which both works your legs and core.
Another good stretch for your legs is the rocking feet, where you rest your weight on the ball of your feet, holding it for a few seconds, and then lower your heel.
If you’re tired of your unsightly and painful varicose veins, medical treatment can help you love your legs again. Premier Vein and Vascular Center in Knoxville offers a variety of non-surgical varicose vein treatments that are covered by most insurance plans.
For a limited time, we are offering FREE vein screenings. To request an appointment, you may call us at (865) 588-8229 or visit https://www.premierveinclinics.com/free-vein-screening/.