Exercising is important to maintain excellent cardiovascular health, but achy and painful varicose veins can make being active difficult. To help relieve the pain and discomfort, our vein specialists have put together a list of leg exercises to make exercising bearable and fun again.
Why Should You Exercise with Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are caused by a lack of circulation in the veins, resulting in pressure that causes the veins to bulge and look cord-like. Exercising helps to improve the circulation in your legs and arm, stimulate blood flow, and build strength – while also reducing pain and discomfort.
Low-impact exercises, such as walking and bicycling, are ideal for varicose vein sufferers; however that doesn’t mean you can’t attempt medium-to-high impact activities. It’s best to speak to your primary physician or vascular surgeon before beginning a new aerobic workout.
Leg Exercises for Varicose Veins
- Leg Lifts – Sit on the floor/mat or lie on your back with your feet straight out. Slowly, lift one leg at a time from the floor. Hold your leg in the air, letting the blood run down and back up your leg. Slowly, lower your leg back down to the floor. Repeat on the opposite leg.
- Calf Raises – Stand with your legs straight. Slowly, rise on to your tiptoes and then lower back down.
- Bicycle Legs – Lie on your back, bringing your legs in the air and bending them at the knee. Slowly, begin to pedal your legs as if you were riding a bicycle. You can also do the same motion one leg at a time, alternating your legs between sets.
- Side Lunges – Stand with your legs hip-width apart. Step to the side with your right leg, bending your right knee at a 90-degree-angle. Your left leg should be at a slight ankle. To resume your starting position, slowly begin to straighten your right leg, bringing your leg back into hip-width stance. Repeat on the left leg. Remember to make sure your knee stays directly over your ankle when performing the side lunge.
*Consult with your physician before beginning a new workout routine.
Contact a Varicose Vein Specialist in Raleigh
For more information about varicose veins, varicose vein treatment options or to schedule a consultation with a vascular surgeon, contact Carolina Vascular at 99-235-3400 or fill out their online contact form.