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Improve Your Veins with Exercise Now

by Jane Meggitt

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Varicose veins are primarily an aesthetic concern for most people, but for some with enlarged, gnarly veins the issue is more serious. It’s not uncommon for varicose veins to cause burning sensations, or throb or cramp. Varicose veins may indicate circulation problems, as the swollen veins result from not pumping blood back to the heart efficiently. Since exercise can improve muscle tone in the legs, which leads to stronger muscular contractions helping blood circulation, it’s wise for those with varicose veins to find exercises that can help their condition.


Probably the best and simplest exercise to help varicose veins is a good daily walk. A walk at a brisk pace keeps your calf muscles pumping and more blood heading toward your heart. Wearing compression stockings during your walk or any other exercise may prove beneficial. For best results, walk at least 30 minutes every day. If you can’t take that long a walk at one time, break it into 10 or 15 minute segments.

Low Impact Exercise

The best exercises for those with varicose veins involve low impact aerobics. You’re looking for exercises that will strengthen legs, especially the calves, which help get blood flowing properly. Low impact aerobic exercises include swimming, bicycling and yes, walking. If you frequent the gym, head for the elliptical machine. Try to perform one or more of these exercises at least five days a week for a half hour minimum.

Leg Exercises

Leg specific exercises that help varicose veins include: Calf raising – start out by standing straight with your legs parallel. Go onto your tiptoes, then head back down slowly. Repeat several times at each session.

Rocking – perform a calf raise, but keep your toes pointed out and heels together. When going back down, rock back on your heels, keeping the toes off the floor.

Bicycle legs – lie on your back and raise your legs in the air, bending at the knee to form a 90 degree angle. Slowly kick one leg out, and move as if pedaling a bicycle. Repeat with the other leg.

Exercises to Avoid with Varicose Veins

There are certain exercises varicose vein sufferers should avoid, because they can impede blood flow from the heart to the lower legs, exacerbating vein enlargement. These exercises include running, weightlifting, and less obviously, yoga. What do these seemingly disparate exercises have in common? Both require a very strong abdominal core for proper performance. If you want to pursue either exercise, speak with your doctor beforehand about good and safe ways to stabilize your core prior to beginning yoga or lifting weights. Because running puts so much strain on the legs, it’s not recommended for those with serious varicose veins.

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