Exercises for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins that have enlarged or stretched due to pooling of blood in lower extremities. The veins gets bulged out and there is appearance of bluish colored web clearly visible on skin. There are a few symptoms to be experienced such as tired legs, night cramps, burning or numbness in legs, swelling in legs and ulcers/sores in legs. The main cause being inactivity or less active legs over a long period of time. So, exercises can help prevent and reduce the symptoms effectively.

Here are a few exercises for varicose veins:

Walking or Running

Taking a 30 minute walk or going for a run can definitely be a relieving factor if you are suffering from varicose veins. Practicing it for 4-5 days a week can benefit you with the associated discomfort. It surely activates the muscles to pump blood back to the heart from your legs.

Leg raise

Its a great exercise to get your blood flow from your legs to the heart. It solves the swelling problem with toning leg muscles at the same time. Raise your leg in the air keeping a straight knee for around 10 seconds. Lower it down and perform it on the other leg as well. It can be repeated 10 times with each leg.

Riding a bicycle

Cycling is a wonderful exercise to get the blood flow improved. Either it’s a stationary bicycle or a bike, it definitely get the blood pumped from your legs and it’s great for losing weight which can be a contributing factor in improvement of symptoms associated with varicose veins.

Rock your feet

You can perform this exercise anywhere and anytime you desire. Whether you are sitting or standing start shifting your weight on heels and toes raising them alternatively. It can be done by people who are unable to pursue other form of exercise which demand more of  physical fitness.

Note: Kindly discuss with a Physician before starting these exercises along with your medication for varicose veins.

Stay active & stay away from varicose blues!!!

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