vein health and exercise     

One in four U.S. adults suffers from varicose veins. With so many affected by this condition, a number of misconceptions still surround the subject of venous health. One of the biggest myths is that exercise can be bad for your veins. There is an important connection between exercise and vein health, and it may become even more important as you age.

Understanding Veins

Blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries) carry blood around your body. Arteries carry oxygenated blood to your muscles, extremities and vital organs. Once this blood has delivered oxygen and nutrients, it must be returned to your heart to pick up more oxygen and to be recirculated. Veins carry that blood back to your heart.

When veins return blood from your lower extremities, gravity works against them, resisting the natural pressure and sometimes causing blood to collect and pool in the veins. This phenomenon can cause varicose veins, which are veins that become enlarged and misshaped. These varicose veins can cause an achy, heavy feeling in your legs and can become unsightly and visible through your skin. As you age, your veins can stretch, and varicose veins can become an even greater concern.

Exercise and Vein Health

Exercise can help the blood moving through the veins in your legs to start flowing stronger again. As you exercise, muscle contractions clench veins and help push blood back up through your circulatory system. On the whole, exercise is beneficial for improving circulation. Running, walking, swimming, biking and using the elliptical can all be good ways to get your blood pumping. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, standing more often and elevating your legs when sitting can also go a long way toward increasing your overall vein health.

Varicose Veins in Men and Women

Another myth is that varicose veins only affect women. In reality, both men and women can have varicose veins; however, men are slightly less likely to have varicose veins and less likely to seek help if they do develop vein disease. Age, weight and family history all play a role in your likelihood of developing varicose veins. Men and women alike should be aware of their risks and monitor their vein health. Developing an exercise plan and seeing medical care can help.

Treatment and Tips

Exercise and vein health go hand-in-hand. Being active is one great way to prevent varicose veins and enjoy improved circulation, especially if that exercise involves moving your lower extremities. If you find yourself suffering from vein pain or discomfort, there are a number of treatment options available to help improve the look and feel of varicose and spider veins.

If you are concerned about your vein health, consult with our expert medical team at VeinInnovations. Our skilled health care professionals can evaluate your vein health and develop a personalized treatment plan just for you so that you are feeling and looking better. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and free vein assessment.