BlogIndoor Exercises to Help Your Varicose Veins This Winter
Exercise can improve blood circulation and help reduce varicose vein symptoms. Try these exercises that are easy to do indoors without any equipment.
Exercise is one of the best things you can do to help your varicose veins. Not only can exercise ease your existing symptoms, it can also help prevent your varicose veins from getting worse. That’s because exercise can improve your blood circulation, which is at the root of many vein issues. Of course, exercise can’t necessarily help eliminate these veins or prevent you from developing them in the first place, but it can certainly help improve your condition and reduce your discomfort.
With many gyms closed (or of questionable safety) and the weather getting cooler, more and more people are looking to exercise inside their homes. Fortunately, there are a number of exercises that are great for varicose veins and are easy to do within the comfort of your home.
Indoor Exercises that Are Safe and Healthy for Varicose Veins
When you have varicose veins, you want to be sure that the exercises you do are safe and healthy. That means sticking to more low-impact forms of exercise and avoiding activities like weightlifting, which can put a lot of strain on your veins. While the cold weather means that some of the best exercises for varicose veins — specifically walking and riding a bike — are not going to be good options for much longer, there are a number of exercises that you can do safely within your home without any equipment.
Walking on a Treadmill: There is no better activity than walking to help pump venous blood out of your legs and back toward your heart. The legs have two venous pumps: one in the calf and one in the foot. The natural motion of walking optimally activates both pumps. And even a minute or two is better than being sedentary. Whether you walk outside, walk inside around your home, or walk on a treadmill, you will be doing your circulation, and your health, a favor.
Bicycle Legs: Bicycle leg stretches are a great way to exercise your calf muscles without going outside or needing to invest in a stationary bike. Just lie down on your back on the floor, raise your legs in the air and bend them at a 90-degree angle, and slowly pedal them just like you would if you were riding a real bike. Try to keep a fluid motion going.
Strengthening your calf muscles is a great way to improve your blood circulation and help address some of the symptoms of varicose veins, making any low-impact exercises that work to strengthen those muscles a good choice.
Calf Raises: Like the bicycle leg stretches, calf raises work to strengthen your calf muscles. To do the exercise, simply stand up straight with your legs parallel, rise up on your tiptoes, then slowly lower your heels back down. Do this for as many reps as feels comfortable.
Side Leg Lifts: Leg lifts are a great way to exercise both your legs and your oblique muscles. To perform side leg lifts, lay down on your right side with your legs stacked on top of each other. Slowly lift your left leg up in the air, hold it for a moment, then slowly bring it back down. Do this several times before switching to the other side.
Going Beyond Exercise to Soothe Varicose Vein Symptoms
While these exercises are all a great idea if you have varicose veins, the best way to soothe your symptoms is to eliminate your varicose veins with medical treatment. At VEINatlanta, we offer a variety of varicose vein treatment options. Please contact us to schedule a consultation, so you can meet our vein physicians in Atlanta, Georgia, and learn more about how treatment can help address your varicose vein symptoms.