Top 10 Exercises for Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins, or spider veins, can be a frustrating condition to treat. They are most commonly caused by aging, poorly designed exercise equipment or poor diet. When varicose veins develop, they cause your blood to pool in your legs and feet. Once the blood is pooled up in the capillary beds, you may notice swelling and blisters on your feet and legs. These areas require a lot of circulation to prevent them from becoming inflamed and infected.

We all know that varicose veins are a huge pain when it comes to our daily lives. This is especially true if you’re in public and trying to put on a smile to hide the pain you’re feeling. When people see us limping to work or the grocery store they don’t know we’re going through it; they just think we don’t want to run errands with them or are too lazy to get up out of the chair! However, there isn’t much information out there or a lot of avenues we can take when it comes to helping with this medical concern. We’re left to go with either old folk remedies that might make us feel better but could hurt us instead (vitamin E, anyone?). Or we need to seek out a doctor for shots that leave us feeling sore for days.

Exercises that benefit your circulation can help improve the quality and quantity of blood flow through your body. The first step to treating varicose veins is for you to get fit enough to do exercises that will not only increase circulation but also tone your muscles as well, thereby helping you reduce the risk of developing varicose veins into a chronic condition. You need to find exercises that do not only increase circulation but also tone your muscles as well so that they will be able to reduce the risk of developing varicose veins into a chronic condition.

Varicose Veins

This article is a brief summary of the Varicose Veins Association’s (VVA) top 10 exercises for varicose veins. In other words, here are the exercises that you should do to prevent your legs from developing varicose veins .

Varicose Veins are clots in the vein walls that can become thick and block blood flow. They can also form when there is too much liquid in the veins. The best way to prevent them is to exercise regularly and avoid activities that put strain on your legs, such as standing or walking for a long time, sitting or standing for a long time and climbing stairs.

Yoga is an excellent exercise for preventing varicose veins because it increases blood circulation by increasing pressure in the vein walls. It also strengthens the muscles of your legs and arms. Additionally, yoga helps to increase oxygen levels in your blood, which will allow more blood to flow through your veins and thus prevent varicose veins from forming.

To help prevent varicose veins from forming, you should perform exercises regularly and avoid activities that put strain on your legs such as standing or walking for a long time, sitting or standing for a long time and climbing stairs.

Here are VVA’s top 10 exercises for varicose veins:

1) Strengthen leg muscles by doing squats with light weights (light weights means less than 10 lbs.) stretched out on the floor;

2) Stretch each leg several times back and forth in front of you;

3) Do sit-ups on one leg;

4) Do squats with no weight at all; or do squats with just one weight at first;

5) Push up on one leg – this will not be easy as it may be very difficult at first but it will strengthen your leg muscles quickly;

6) Leg lifts are another very effective way of strengthening the leg muscles and improving circulation;

7) Walking is a great way to start moving around if you have varicose veins;

8) Standing calf raise exercise;

9) Lying down with your legs up on a wall;

10) Seated bicycle riding.

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Conclusion

Exercise can help prevent varicose veins. However, there are some steps you can take to help ensure you don’t get them.

The first thing is to make sure that you’re not exercising when you have them.

Increasingly, people are doing exercises right after they get varicose veins and other circulatory issues. Sometimes this causes the condition to progress or worsen rapidly. But the exercise could also be causing your veins to become more inflamed, which may lead to new or additional problems later on down the road. Another important thing is not to run up a hill when you’re having back pain or any other circulatory issue. Instead, find a slower walking pace that works for you and use it as a way of making sure your body doesn’t have time to develop fluid build-up in the legs from running up hills too quickly.

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