Vein Health and Exercise - What You Need To Know
Here at Metro Vein Centers, we feel that exercise and good health habits can prevent and ameliorate the worst effects of vein disease and promote vein health. We want to talk to you about vein health, exercise, mobility, and what you can do to maintain good vein health.
Vein Health and exercise - why is it important?
As we age, the collagen levels in our veins will decrease and veins will become less elastic. Exercise combats this, as toned muscles and increased blood flow towards the heart keeps veins strong and firm. This, in turn, reduces instances of vein disease, spider veins, and varicose veins.
Exercise of all kinds and comfort levels are a win-win. Any kind of reasonable exercise activity is not only good for your vein health, but it has effects that increase overall cardio fitness, keeps feet and joints healthy, and increases overall mobility. Exercise also burns calories and helps reduce weight, which takes stress off of veins, especially in the lower extremities. Exercise is one of the best investments of time and energy you can make for your quality of life, and one of the best ways to can increase your venous health.
Please remember - consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Exercises for good vein health
Here are some good ideas for vein health exercise that are fun and that can improve your vein and cardio health overall. Make sure you check with your doctor before beginning these exercises, however.
Always one of the best, walking improves the strength of feet and ankles, strengthens joints and tendons, and improves cardio health. You can see benefits from walking just 30 minutes a day! Walking definitely helps reduce instances of venous insufficiency and can help prevent new spider veins and varicose veins from appearing. Walking can also be a great social activity. Looking into a local walker’s club can be a great idea.
Bicycling is a slightly higher impact form of exercise as compared to walking, but it offers great advantages for overall leg health.
Bicycling requires leg extension and works both the upper and lower legs, which support veins. Further, bicycling increase proper blood flow, which strengthen veins and combats veinous insufficiency. Traditional and stationary exercise bikes count for this and are great exercise options.
Lunges don’t require equipment and can be done anywhere, Start with your feet slightly apart, Step forward, bending your knee, making sure to keep your knee above your ankle. Hold your position for 10 seconds, and then switch legs. Do as many as you can as feels comfortable.
Leg lifts can be done while laying on your couch or the floor! Start by laying comfortably on a flat surface. Lift one leg at a time, while alternating between legs, for 5 to 7 seconds. This type of exercise strengthens leg muscles and stretches tendons in a healthy manner.
Stretches for the feet improves circulation for the lower legs and the feet themselves. First, start by standing comfortably, and leaning forward to rest your weight on the balls of your feet. Hold for 5 seconds, and then lean back to rest your weight on your heels. This can be done while standing or sitting and is a good office exercise. If you are standing, make sure you hold onto something for balance.
Taking The Next Steps
Now is a good time to talk with your doctor about your exercise options. Even moderate exercise can result in great leg and vein health benefits. If you’ve just had a procedure, a good exercise program can help your legs stay looking and feeling great.
If you haven’t had a procedure yet, we can answer your questions about how an exercise program can help maintain the progress attained with vein health procedures. Call us at 866-639-4109 and we’ll be happy to discuss with you your vein health options.