A high percentage of the world’s population suffers from spider veins and varicose veins. Due to poor circulation, certain professions that require sitting or standing for long periods of time can increase your chances of vein problems. Varicose veins can cause swelling and pain, ultimately making the desire to exercise less appealing. Even if you are at a higher risk for a vein disease there are certain exercises you can practice to maintain healthy veins for life.


Walking is the simplest and most effective exercise for maintaining healthy veins. Walking is a low-impact activity that improves your blood flow circulation in your legs. For varicose veins, it’s recommended that you keep your legs in constant motion. If you don’t think you have enough time to fit in a daily 30-minute walk there are other ways to circulate your blood flow. For example, take the stairs instead of an elevator, take a walk on your lunch break, or walk to work if it is not very far. Making these small daily changes can help reduce swelling and further formation of varicose veins.

Bike & Elliptical

Bike pedaling and using the elliptical machine are both low-impact exercises that are great for improving blood flow without placing stress on your joints and bones. If you don’t have a stationary bike you can elevate your legs in the air and pedal as if you were on a bike. The more you raise your legs the more you’ll increase circulation. This exercise can help reduce varicose vein inflammation. It is also one of the best exercises if you suffer from restless leg syndrome.

Knee and Ankle Flexing

Rolling your ankle around while lifting your knee to your chest can help engage blood flow. This needs to be done slowly and not forcefully. Doing this at the beginning of your workout is proven to have the most effective results.


There is a lot of controversy with running and varicose veins. Most people think running puts too much pressure on the legs, therefore creating spider veins or varicose veins. This is a myth. Running or jogging gets the calf muscles and feet moving, therefore promoting healthy blood flow.

Exercise is the most beneficial and effective way to promote healthy veins. If you have any questions or are looking for alternative treatment methods contact The Vein Centre, today! 615-269-9007.