jogger-603620_960_720That’s one of the questions that our Atlanta vein specialists hear most frequently from our patients. They’ve heard that varicose veins and vein disease in general linked to obesity and lack of exercise, so they think that by staying in shape, they shouldn’t have to worry about this problem.

Certainly, maintaining an active lifestyle and avoiding being overweight are important for overall health and wellness, and that includes vein health. However, there are other factors that can make you prone to varicose veins, including:

  • Family history
  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging

Therefore, people who are physically active (and even athletes) can and do develop varicose veins.

At VeinInnovations, once we diagnose the extent and location of your vein disease, we can recommend the best choice from among our non-invasive varicose vein treatments for you.

If you’re already exercising regularly, this may mean some adjustments to your routine. While certain types of exercise are good for vein health, others can actually increase your risk of developing vein disease.

Exercises for Vein Health

Exercising the calf muscles is important, because these pump blood up the legs and to the heart. Aerobic exercises are good for this, including:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Running on a synthetic track, treadmill or grass

Exercises That Can Harm Vein Health

  • Weightlifting with heavy weights. If strength training is part of your routine, it’s best to switch to more reps with lighter weights to avoid the abdominal pressure that impedes blood flow. You should also follow a weightlifting session with some aerobic activity to improve circulation.
  • Abdominal exercises. This includes crunches, sit-ups and certain yoga positions that increase pressure on the abdomen.
  • Running on pavement, which can strain the joints.

If you’ve been doing a considerable amount of any of these exercises, you may be inadvertently contributing to your vein problems.

Contact Us Today

Don’t let the discomfort, fatigue and unsightliness of varicose veins prevent you from being as active as you’d like. Call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our Atlanta vein specialists.