Varicose Veins and Physical Activity


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Physical activity can be greatly beneficial to the health. In relation to varicose veins, it can improve your circulatory system, which can both prevent, and improve varicose veins. You should try to do at least half an hour of physical activity a minimum of five days a week to truly feel its benefits. The half an hour of exercise can easily fit into your daily routine as it can be spread over the day if you do not have time to do in one session.

Yoga for Varicose Veins

Yoga is seen to be very beneficial in the treatment and prevention of varicose veins. It is a gentle form of exercise, which can improve your circulation and relieve the symptoms of varicose veins. Yoga is formed of a series of poses, which can be performed in certain combinations to deal with specific problems. There are many poses that are designed to improve the circulation in the legs. There are also inverted poses, which enable the blood to drain from the legs and enter the heart and head. You should seek specialist training for yoga, as they will be able to ensure that you are forming the poses correctly and safely.

Sports and Physical Activities

Any sport or physical activity can help to improve your circulation whether it is specifically designed to treat varicose veins or not. Swimming can be fun and is a great form of exercise to improve your overall fitness. Other exercises such as cycling, jogging, or football can also be extremely effective at preventing and relieving varicose veins. You should ensure that you are wearing appropriate footwear that fits well as tight fitting, or inappropriate footwear could worsen your problem by reducing circulation or causing you to injure yourself.

Leg Exercises

There are a number of ways that you can reduce your risk of getting varicose veins, or help relieve the discomfort and aching that they can cause. By stretching and working your legs, you can improve their circulation and health. You can do this on your own by stretching your calf muscles, lifting your legs whilst lying down, walking on your tip- toes, or heels, pedalling in the air whilst lying down, and knee bends whilst lying down. To get the correct positions without risk of injury you should see a specialist at least once. You should always rest your legs after exercises by elevating them above the chest whilst resting them on the wall.

Does Physical Exercise Make Varicose Veins Worse?

Although it is a common belief that physical activity can worsen varicose veins, this is not the case. As long as you exercise properly wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, you can only benefit from physical exercise. If you are worried about exercise because of your varicose veins, or any other condition you should speak to your GP who will be able to tell you the benefits of exercise and may be able to recommend a regime to fit in with your medical history.


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