Varicose veins are extremely common, and while most aren’t medically dangerous, they make showing a little skin far less fun. Technically, you could develop varicose veins anywhere, but they’re usually present on the legs. Their appearance can vary somewhat based on severity, but they generally appear as thick, twisted, purple veins near the skin’s surface. It’s not surprising that many people who have varicose veins forgo wearing clothing or participating in activities that would expose them. Fortunately, there are exercises for varicose veins you can do to reduce their appearance over time.
Exercise is almost always a good idea. If you’re cleared for activity by your doctor, then start by taking 30 minute walks every day. The activity will boost circulation and improve muscle tone, both of which can reduce the overall appearance of your varicose veins if you’re willing to stick with it. For people who are more active, a run in place of a walk is a great way to exercise. Just make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes that provide the support your body needs while you run. If you have damaged knees or hips, then talk to your doctor about whether swimming might be a healthy alternative for you. For additional vein help, visit the top Beverly Hills Vein Center.
In addition to cardio, there are several bodyweight exercises you can perform in the comfort of your own home to tone your muscles and reduce varicose veins. Here are a few of them:
Standing Calf Raises
Stand in front of a chair or couch and gently place your hands on the back to give yourself support. Place your feet shoulder-width apart and push up until you’re standing just on the pads of your feet. Do not put your weight on the chair or couch, it is just there for balance. Take a moderate pace as you repeat each raise to avoid cramping. If it is your first time doing calf raises, then you may want to pick up a muscle roller or pick up massage oil before you do these. If you don’t stretch well, then your calves will probably cramp in the next 24-48 hours.
You’ll want to pick a long hallway or room to do lunges. Of course, you can just turn and start the next set, but it’s up to you. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your hands on your hips. Step forward with one foot and sink the knee until your thigh is parallel with the floor. Then pull the back foot up to the front foot and follow through into the next lunge. Take it slow, as lunges can strain your quads and groin if you aren’t careful. Be sure to control the back foot as you push into each lunge.
This exercise starts easy and then becomes your worst nightmare. You start by lying down on the floor. Place your hands over your abdomen or on either side of you. Then slowly pull your legs up until they are perpendicular with the floor. Don’t lock your knees, but do try to keep your legs straight. If you’re struggling with leg lifts, you can always hold onto the underside of a heavy couch to help you counterbalance the weight of your legs. Once you’re feeling stronger, you can ween yourself off the assistance.
Discussing Your Veins with Your Doctor
If you’re looking for more drastic, immediate results, you will want to talk with your doctor. There are highly effective varicose vein removal in Los Angeles available. At Beverly Hills Vein and Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Madyoon will evaluate your cardiovascular health and your eligibility for varicose vein treatment. As the treatment utilizes radio-frequency technology, it is low risk, and most patients are eligible. However, keeping varicose veins at bay will require continued preventative measures, so feel free to discuss dietary choices and your exercise routine with your doctor to ensure you continue to see the positive results of your therapy.