Aerobic Exercise can slow down varicose vein development and make you healthier
Several factors within our control can slow down the development of varicose veins. Nutrition plays an important role, and you can learn more about how changes in your diet can slow down these veins here. In addition to changes in nutrition, exercise can play a significant role in not only slowing down varicose veins, but increasing the effectiveness of vein procedures by cutting down on recurrence
Walking and Jogging
Even walking for as little as 20 minutes a day on a regular basis can increase blood flow and help move your blood from your legs back towards the rest of your body. In addition to regular walking and aerobic exercise having longstanding effects on hypertension, cutting down on your blood pressure, it can have short term effects on your circulatory system’s health and your body’s ability
to return blood from your legs. This in turn cuts down on the strain on your lower extremity veins, slowing down the development of varicose veins. Jogging and running can also make a significant difference, although to cut down on leg strain it is better to run on softer trails, dirt, or treadmills rather than a very hard surface such as a sidewalk. Remember, especially if you have a strong family or personal history of varicose veins, these lifestyle factors can have a huge impact on how early and how many varicose veins pop up. Furthermore, walking as little as 20 minutes a day for 4-5 days a week can help facilitate weight loss, further cutting down on the pressure in your veins, as being overweight greatly accelerates the development of varicose veins. Aerobic exercise can also be important after your vein procedure. A recent study in a medical journal noted that modere-intensity lower limb exercise training improves the function of your veins even at the cellular level! (Klonizakis et al., 2009, Microvasc Res 78(1):67-70).
Although most aerobic exercise can be beneficial in terms of cutting down on the rate of varicose vein development, we should mention issues relating specifically to lifting weights. As you would expect, weight lifting can cause a lot of strain, and if you do lift weights frequently and have a lot of varicose veins, you might want to consider using lighter weights and doing weightlifting for shorter amounts of time.
If you have varicose veins and would like to see them addressed, one of the most important suggestions we can make is that you should be familiar with all available options! At any place you go to, make sure to inquire about the provider’s training, whether they are a surgeon and are familiar with the latest techniques. At Elite Vein Center, we are the leaders of Vascular Laser Therapy in the area. In addition to providing state of the art minimally invasive care, we realize the important role lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, can play in cutting down on further varicose vein development