Varicose veins are unattractive and painful at times. Causes stem from hereditary issues and overweight problems. Of great concern are varicose veins caused by circulatory problems - consult a doctor should you develop them.
Varicose veins are preventable. Maintaining healthy body weight and doing exercises help lessen their emergence - appropriate exercises can be the best preventative and defensive strategy against varicose veins.
A good exercise is walking - minimum of thirty minutes per day. It will contribute to improved lower body circulation, muscular ability and maintain healthy veins. Wear good, supportive shoes and start slowly with a walking program. Injuries can result if any exercising program is started too quickly, can strain muscles and cause discouragement of continuing exercising.
Another great and beneficial exercise type is swimming regularly which improves circulation through the entire body while also strengthening it and building muscles where necessary. Lower body circulation is improved through water aerobics and running in the pool.
There are certain things that can be done to improve blood drainage from veins at day's end or after exercising, like lying on your back on the floor while either raising and placing your legs directly against a wall or on the seat of a chair for two minutes or longer. By elevating the legs to a level higher than that of the heart, blood drains from swollen veins.
You can elevate the legs by sitting in a recliner and tilting the feet higher than hip level. Try lying on your back, arms along your sides or beneath the buttocks, then raising your legs and pedaling as though riding a bicycle - an excellent exercise to lower pressure and increase blood flow in the veins.
Another exercise is to lie on your back on the floor, bring one knee up to chest level (holding your leg up with your hands behind the knee) and move the foot down, up and rotating at the ankle. Alternate this maneuver with both legs.
Standing stationary for lengthy periods and strenuous activities increase the chances of varicose veins developing. Strenuous cycling or jogging and high impact aerobics should be avoided as it can increase blood pressure and result in varicose veins getting worse while also limiting drainage of blood from the veins.
Should standing for lengthy periods be unavoidable, then keep shifting, moving and bouncing on the toes numerous times each hour to help circulation. Also try taking frequent walks. At home, after a long day, raise your feet for no less than one hour in order to drain the blood from the leg veins.
These daily exercises can prevent the worsening of varicose veins and contributes to healthy living.
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