If you have varicose veins, you have likely spoken with your vein doctor about the importance of exercise. Exercise is important for vein health because it strengthens your calf muscles, which in turn, improves the circulation in your legs. While exercise generally improves vein health, that doesn’t mean that athletes are immune from vein diseases. In fact, there are certain exercises that are actually detrimental to vein health. In this blog, we will go over what exercises benefit vein health, and in our next blog, we will spotlight which are counterproductive to your goals.
When it comes to vein health, walking is the best form of exercise. Walking is low impact and it both stretches and strengthens your calf muscles. Your calf muscles are important for your vein health because they act as the heart of your legs by pumping the blood to your feet. You can incorporate walking into your routine by aiming to walk for 30 minutes a day, every day. You can accomplish this by taking walking breaks during work, parking farther away from shopping centers and other destinations, or going for a walk after dinner each night.
Using the elliptical is another low-impact exercise that can help your veins. The elliptical gives you both the calf-strengthening benefits of running and the blood-flow improvement of walking, without the stress on your joints. If you have a gym membership, make a point to spend half an hour on the elliptical when you workout.
Like the elliptical, a stationary bike can help you improve the blood flow to your legs and help you strengthen your calves without the joint stress of other types of exercise. Incorporate cycling into your routine, whether on your own or in a spin class.
Finally, swimming is an excellent form of exercise for those with varicose veins. When you swim, your legs are horizontal, so your blood isn’t pooling as it does when you are vertical. Additionally, the pressure of your water on your legs may soothe any discomfort you have. Finally, because you are suspended in water, your weight is taken off your joints, making it easier for you to exercise your calf muscles without aggravating your knees, hips, or ankles.
In this blog, we went over good exercises for your vein health. In our next blog, we will go over exercises that are actually detrimental to your veins. If you require help with your varicose veins, contact our vein clinic. We have vein doctors on staff who can treat you to the best of their ability. Call today!