There are many contributing factors to developing varicose and spider veins, including heredity, but there a few lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent 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. Choose these vein-preventing workouts this summer and show off your legs all summer long.
Benefits of Walking
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 a bike
Riding a bike is another exercise that works out your legs and promotes healthy veins without placing stress on your joints. The pedaling motion that causes your calf muscles to flex give your veins a rest and help 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
To discuss your treatment options for existing spider or varicose veins, contact Texas Endovascular today.