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Exercise and Vein Health

Varicose veins are something many people deal with each day. They are not only an unsightly blemish, but they are also a sign of unhealthy vein circulation. There are exercises you can do to help promote healthy circulation in your lower extremities (i.e., your feet, calves and legs) that are easy and provide health benefits beyond your veins. Here is a quick list of things you can do this summer to help improve vein circulation and good cardiovascular health.

Walking. Walking is perhaps the easiest thing you can do to increase circulation and vein health in your legs and calves. It’s a low impact exercise that you can do everyday, especially if you make trips out to run errands. Just parking a little further away in the parking lot of the store or at work can add a significant amount of steps to your daily/weekly routine. It also does a great job of stretching your muscles all throughout your legs, which improves circulation as well as vein health. Targeting thirty minutes a day would be an excellent start to your fight against varicose veins.

Cycling. Another great low impact option that can take your circulatory health a step further is riding a stationary bike. This is a great way to stretch your legs at an accelerated rate without the impact of running or jogging. Elliptical machines excel in this area of low impact cardio exercise as well. It also builds calf muscles that act as a “pump” for your veins to help to return blood back to the heart.

Swimming. Staying with the low impact game plan, take advantage of the local Florida options to swim that are at your disposal. Pools, ponds, and the Atlantic Ocean all offer you as many repetitions as you can stand to endure when it comes to increased blood circulation and low impact on joints.

Jogging/Running. Of course, for those who aren’t as concerned with joint impact, the old reliable efforts of jogging and running will certainly increase blood flow in your legs, calves and feet as well as produce a strong aerobic workout. Again, the trade-off being an increase in the force of impact on your joints.

Certain exercises to avoid if you already have varicose veins or vein disease are as follows: weightlifting, leg lifts, lunges, crunches, sit-ups, and certain yoga poses with prolonged posturing.

Some people find it difficult to get out from behind a desk during their waking hours, but there are even things that these people can do to increase their vein health. Bouncing your legs under your desk can help stretch those calf muscles and increase blood flow. Wearing a good pair of compression socks or hose can help keep that blood circulating back to your heart. And try to avoid wearing high heels unless necessary, as it can put your feet into a position that does not promote proper circulation.
Take these tips and do some research on varicose veins and circulatory health, and feel free to contact our office with any questions you have. We can set you up with a free consultation in our office and help you better understand how to keep your veins as healthy as you can.

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