Want to Improve Vein Health? Then We Need to Discuss Exercise!
- Posted on: Feb 28 2018
Most adults are well aware that exercise is a vital aspect of lifelong vitality. What we do daily; how long we sit versus how long we stand and move around, proportionately affects our overall health and wellness. Whether your interest lies on the mat, on the road, or on the pedals, exercise can lose its appeal when you’re struggling to get through the day despite the chronic aching, burning, and heaviness caused by varicose veins.
Bridging the Gap
Varicose veins create a gap between individual and optimal health. Exercise in and of itself feels more like a chore when aching legs just want relief. It’s an unfortunate cycle the perpetuates when we cannot find the care necessary to prevent the worsening of venous insufficiency. The thing is, there are steps that can be taken. We might describe them as Baby Steps.
Ease and Exercise CAN Go Hand-in-Hand
Most of the time, when we are imaging an exercise routine, there is a perception that it needs to involve sweat; more precisely, a little blood, sweat, and tears. In the days of Cross Fit and High-Intensity Interval Workouts, there is little value placed on ease. For the person with venous insufficiency, ease is the key to success.
- Move more throughout every day of living. If you work at a desk all day long, take a five-minute walk every hour. If you stand all day, find ways to sit and prop up your legs for a few minutes every hour or two.
- Release the judgment that walking doesn’t exercise. An hour-long stroll burns about 250 calories. More importantly for varicose veins, this walk gets the blood moving from the lower extremities, and it works the calf muscles, so veins are better-supported.
- Swimming and biking are great alternatives for more strenuous exercise. They build muscle in a way that is gentle on the veins.
- Strength training isn’t completely out of the question; it just requires mindfulness. When we strain to lift weight, blood pressure in the veins increases. This can be offset by wearing compression stockings and lifting with more repetition versus heavier weight.
- Love to run? Again, turn to compression stockings to minimize the adverse effects on your veins.
Health and wellness is an important topic that need not be interrupted by varicose veins. In addition to implementing habits that inhibit future varicose veins, it is possible to get rid of existing veins. To explore treatment options, call our Columbia office at (803) 253-8667.
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