They say that prevention is the best cure. That saying is especially true when it comes to treating varicose veins. As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, varicose veins develop generally because of the lack of blood circulation. Many factors can contribute to an inefficient blood flow, such as:
- Inactivity and sitting for a prolonged period of time
- Hormone changes
- Being overweight
While some of these factors cannot be prevented, adjusting your activity level to prevent varicose veins is within your control. In today’s article, we’ll discuss how you can promote healthy blood circulation by staying active.
Staying active sounds like an easy fix, but for some individuals it may not be so easy. Thanks to office jobs, many of us live a fairly sedentary lifestyle. From long commutes to sitting all day, and then driving home to sit on the couch for the rest of the evening—it’s fair to say that not much physical activity is performed. If you have started to notice the veins in your legs are darkening, it’s time to take action and prevent further damage to your veins. Continue reading to learn a few exercises that you can do daily to prevent varicose veins.
Get up and walk!
Walking is easy, you do it everyday. Just try to do more of it, more often! Get in the habit of parking your car further away from the front door of your building and enjoy a few extra steps to and from your office. Instead of emailing your co-worker a question, get up from your desk and walk over to them. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and take the long way to the restroom and squeeze in a short walk during your lunch break. Even if you’re a focused individual who enjoys working hard at your desk for eight hours, it’s still important to move around throughout the day. Besides, you could use a mental break from time to time.
Go for a run
Maybe jogging is more your style, either way running or jogging is a great way to kickstart your blood circulation. Running helps pump the blood up from the legs and eliminates toxins giving your heart a good workout, too! An overall healthy cardiovascular system boosts efficient blood flow and keeps everything else healthy. No need to run a marathon everyday, a quick 20-minute jog in the mornings will do the trick.
Do you travel a lot for a living? Chances are you are sitting down on a plane or a bus seat fairly often. Exercising your calves while sitting down will get the blood flow moving throughout your legs. One of the best calf exercises you can sitting down are calf flexors. Start with your feet flat on the floor and gently lift your toes until you can feel your calf muscles stretch. Then slowly lower your toes and raise your heels off the floor to flex the muscle. Repeat this motion for several minutes as often as you can.
Yoga and Stretching
If you want to get active but you’re unable to run or jog, don’t get discouraged! There are other effective methods of promoting blood circulation that are not as hard on your joints. Yoga stretches out the muscles and moves the blood throughout your legs which is beneficial for people who sit for most of the day. The poses and long stretches that involve raising your legs above your heart are very beneficial to promoting healthy blood flow. If you have physical limitations, yoga can easily be altered to your fitness level while still providing the same circulation benefits.
Varicose veins are unsightly, unwanted, and preventable. Staying active through every stage of your life is beneficial for many reasons and will contribute to varicose vein prevention. If you’ve already noticed varicose veins developing, it’s not too late to get active, you can prevent additional damaged veins from forming by changing your activity levels. As for the veins that are already damaged, contact the vein doctors in Dearborn and Brownstown at Venocure. We are a full-service vein clinic that can treat varicose veins, spider veins, and treat cardiovascular conditions as well.
Visit our site to learn about our vein treatments and procedures and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nahhas and Dr. Chattahi today!