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Best Exercises For Varicose Veins


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There are a lot of physical symptoms that come with having varicose veins. (achy legs, burning, throbbing). This infographic will help those with varicose veins relieve those symptoms that cause that kind of discomfort.

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Best Exercises For Varicose Veins

  1. 1. The pain and discomfort of varicose veins can make exercise difficult, but the right exercises can help alleviate your symptoms. Best Exercises For Varicose Veins BRISK WALKING Because it is low-impact, going for a walk is one of the best ways to exercise with varicose veins. It increases your heart rate and improves your circulation. Try to do at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week or more for the most benefit. JOGGING Depending on your symptoms, you may be able to go for a light jog without discomfort. If you can, it’s a good method for strengthening your calf muscles. This will keep your blood flowing and help alleviate your varicose veins. Avoid jogging on hard surfaces, as this can exacerbate pain. CALF FLEXORS Standing up straight with your legs parallel, raise yourself on the balls of your feet, then slowly lower yourself. Do as many repetitions as you can while still feeling comfortable. These exercises will make your legs stronger and improve blood flow. LOW-IMPACT STATIONARY CYCLING/ELLIPTICAL Riding a stationary bike or using an elliptical offers similar benefits to walking. Thirty minutes of activity several times a week can boost your circulation and strengthen your calf muscles. SWIMMING Swimming is a great low-impact exercise, making it perfect for people with varicose veins. With your body supported by the water, you can burn calories and build muscle at the same time without putting too much strain on your veins. YOGA/PILATES Many yoga poses involve elevating your legs. This helps your blood circulate back to your heart, further relieving pressure on your veins. Stretching also helps ease soreness and swelling in your legs. LEG EXTENSIONS Lying on the floor, kick your legs out as if you’re riding a bicycle. Continuing to do this in a fluid motion for as long as you’re comfortable is a way to exercise without stress on your legs. BODY WEIGHT SQUATS Doing squats builds leg muscles, which also strengthens your blood vessels. The lack of impact means you should be able to stick with it for a long time without experiencing much pain. Exercises That Help Varicose Veins What to Avoid When Exercising With Varicose Veins Don’t jump into exercise after vein surgery or other treatments without consulting your doctor. Don’t do any exercise that exacerbates vein pain. Don’t run on paved surfaces, as this worsens the impact of each step on your veins and makes them more painful. Don’t hold your breath while exercising, because pressure in your abdomen can prevent blood from draining out of your leg veins. Don’t forget to cool down and stretch after exercising to give your legs a chance to recover and for the blood to circulate.