Exercises To Consider In Order To Combat Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are uncomfortable wherever they are located and can require surgical treatment in order to get rid of them. If you are waiting for your laser vein surgery and want to relieve the pain or at least distract yourself, you are going to want to make sure that you stay on top of your health and continue to exercise. The other benefit of exercise is that it gets your blood pumping and increases your circulation, addressing one of the main factors that contributed to you developing varicose veins in the first place. Here are some options for exercise that are excellent for those suffering from varicose veins:
Walking is the single best exercise for combating varicose veins because it it is strenuous enough for your body to need to pump blood with greater speed and force, but is not high-impact, meaning that your varicose veins will not be under a ton of pressure with every step. Walking also strengthens the muscles in your calves, which will allow the circulation in your legs to be improved even when you are sitting still.
If you are thinking about taking up walking, start slow. First walk around the block or walk your dog for fifteen minutes. Continue building up for five minutes each day until you are walking briskly for a half hour to an hour each day. If you want to build your calf muscles more quickly, put the effort in to find hills or walk up flights of stairs.
2. Stationary Bike
Another excellent way to improve circulation is to ride a stationary bike. Because your feet never leave the pedals, you are able to avoid the impact that might cause you to feel pain in your legs. Increasing the resistance on the bike can help you build strong thighs, as well as strong calves.
Finally, the elliptical is a great option similar to the stationary bike because your feet don't leave the pedals, allowing you to avoid impact with the ground. Slowly work up the resistance on the elliptical so that you are strengthening your entire lower body. Keep your hands off of the elliptical in order to make sure that you are putting all of the resistance and work on your legs.
For more information, talk to a place that specializes in laser vein treatment, like Elite Vein Centers. Make sure you let your physician know of your exercise plans. He or she may have some more recommendations and tips on more lifestyle changes and how to adjust to exercise after surgery.