Did you know exercise is not only good for your overall health, but can also reduce the appearance and symptoms of your varicose veins?
Varicose veins can cause swollen, heavy-feeling legs along with painful aches and cramps. In addition to these common symptoms, they have an unsightly appearance of bulging, knotted structures under the skin’s surface. Certain exercises can improve your overall circulation, therefore reducing the swelling and pain caused by varicose veins.
Our team of board-certified vascular surgeons and vein specialists warn that exercise won’t cure varicose veins but incorporating low-impact exercise in your daily routine is beneficial in your long-term vein health.
Exercise and Vein Health
Exercise for Varicose Veins
Varicose vein symptoms can be worse when you sit or stand for long-periods of time. Making time for movement throughout the day, staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy weight can boost your vein health. Our vein specialists recommend the following exercises.
Walking 30 to 45 minutes every day helps your calf muscles pump and move blood from your feet and legs back up to your heart. Walking is a low-risk and low-impact exercise that almost everyone can do, and it’s a great way to begin an exercise regimen.
Swimming is a highly recommended low-impact cardiovascular exercise because it does not require your bones and joints to bear any weight. The active movement also gets your blood flowing. It can be done year-round in an indoor pool, and it’s a great way to cool off outdoors during the brutal Texas heat!
Yoga not only helps build strength and flexibility, but it can also generate healthy blood flow with poses that elevate your legs above your heart.
Lower Body Exercises and Stretches
Any exercise that activates your leg muscles can encourage blood to keep flowing through your legs and feet and back to your heart. Calf raises, lunges, ankle rotations and toe flexes can all help reduce blood pooling in your legs. You don’t need any equipment to do these exercises, and they can easily be repeated throughout the day.
Vein Treatment Center in Austin and Georgetown
If you are having trouble with varicose veins, there are many convenient and effective treatment options available, such as endovenous ablation and phlebectomy, that we offer in our vein treatment centers in Austin and Georgetown.
Please contact us for a consultation with one of our vein specialists to help you feel, and look your best, or call 512.452.VEIN (8346) in Austin, or 512.501.4287 for Georgetown.