Varicose veins are often painful and hard to manage, particularly if you like to regularly exercise. The unique strain these veins put on your body can make some exercises out of bounds for you. However, other activities may help manage your pain. The following exercise guide will provide you with the important information you need to exercise with varicose veins safely.
Exercises to Perform with Varicose Veins
Doctors typically ask that patients with varicose veins perform at least a handful of the following routines to provide the most relief and help for your recovery:
- Swims: Swims and aquatic therapy can provide low-impact help that lets you move your legs and get the blood flowing without causing excessive pressure.
- Walks: Doctors suggest that those with varicose veins take healthy and low-impact walks every day to minimize their pain and pressure.
- Bike rides: A casual bike ride — no off-road action — can stimulate blood flow in your legs and may help reduce your pain.
- Yoga: Some types of low-impact yoga may provide relief for your varicose veins — mainly stretches that do not put pressure on your legs or abs.
Adjust your exercise routine to include these simple exercises and tweak their intensity to ensure that you do not experience excessive strain. The moment that you feel sharp pains during a workout, contact your doctor right away, as this may mean something else is wrong with your veins.
Exercises to Avoid with Varicose Veins
While many exercises will help with varicose veins, other exercises are more problematic and may make the situation worse. In particularly, high-impact movements and routines can exacerbate the veins in your legs and worsen their pain. Here are a few exercises you should stay away from if you have varicose veins:
- Runs and jogs: If you were an active runner before you developed varicose veins, you should cut back on these activities. Both are often too high-impact for most varicose veins, but you may jog on softer surfaces to minimize this problem.
- Weightlifting: While lifting weights may focus mostly on your chest and arms, the added pressure to your body can spread to your legs. That strain will often reduce the flow of blood out of your legs and may cause blood pooling. This issue could cause vein dilation or even trigger damage to your valves.
- Leg-focused exercises: Any exercises that put excessive pressure on your legs and your abs may worsen your varicose veins. For example, crunches, squats, and sit-ups can create too much stress in your veins.
- Some types of yoga: While some styles of yoga help manage varicose vein damage, other types may worsen your pain. For example, prolonged abdominal postures may decrease blood flow to your legs and worsen your varicose vein pain.
If you want to perform these exercises in spite of your doctor’s warning, a pair of compression socks may minimize any pain. These socks will press against your skin and help blood flow more efficiently through your varicose veins. Make sure to wear these stockings if your pain worsens during any type of exercise.
Surgery May Be Your Answer
As you can see, exercise is a complex process in varicose vein management. So if you find that you cannot perform any exercise due to your varicose veins, please do not hesitate to contact us at The Vein Centre right away to get the help that you need. Our professionals will assess your situation and come up with a treatment method — including surgery — that can help you recover. We look forward to your call.