There are so many reasons why you develop varicose and spider veins. In fact, your genes may be upping your risk! Even so, you can be proactive about prevention. Just a few simple lifestyle changes can go a long way towards preventing these veins from developing. Whether you are starting to see the early signs of varicose or spider veins, or you hope to prevent them altogether, certain workouts can promote healthy veins. Why not make these last few weeks of summer your time to sweat some vein-preventing workouts (and show off those healthy legs with pride!)
Walking workouts for your veins
Taking a walk or hike is one of the best ways to give your legs a workout and improve circulation in your legs. Walking is a great low-impact exercise that can strengthen your calf muscles and minimize spider or varicose veins.
Try talking a stroll through your neighborhood, find a nearby greenway to walk on, or plan a hike. If you’re wanting a more rigorous workout, a run will also improve circulation and get more blood returning to your heart, which can help prevent varicose veins.
Ride your bike to smoother legs
Riding a bike is another exercise that works out your legs and promotes healthy veins. Bonus? It doesn’t put too much stress on your joints, and as you pedal, your calf muscles flex, giving your veins a rest and helping circulate blood back to the heart.
You can ride a stationary bike, a regular bike, or just mimic the pedaling motion while lying on the floor, and still improve your vein health.
Try Swimming or Water Aerobics
The buoyancy of water means that swimming and water aerobics don’t put stress on your joints while still providing cardiovascular benefits. The water resistance will also help workout your leg muscles even more and improve circulation.
Try swimming laps at a pool, join a nearby organization that offers water aerobics classes, or go for a swim at a lake or beach.
Preventing Varicose Veins
Risk factors that increase your chance of suffering from vein disease include:
- If your family has a history of vein disease
- If you are over 45
- If you are a woman
- If you are pregnant
- If you are overweight
- If you sit for the majority of the day or stand for the majority of the day
If any of these apply, you’ll want to get started on a vein-healthy workout routine. Make sure to discuss any changes in your activity routine with a doctor before starting a new exercise program!