Exercise is one of the most important factors when considering heart and vein health. When your heart is healthy, your blood circulation increases which can help to prevent varicose and spider veins. Additionally, when you exercise it motivates you to eat healthier and helps to reduce your weight. These 3 things, healthy heart, healthy weight, and a healthy diet are the 3 most effective factors in battling varicose and spider veins.
But in 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and exercise outside or in a gym might not always be an option. So we have curated a list of the top exercises you can do during Covid-19 that will reduce the risk of varicose veins. If your varicose veins are causing any pain though, it is always advisable to meet with one of the highly qualified vein doctors in Queens that we have available to us.
Bodyweight squats are one of the best exercises you can do, period. But especially those trying to increase blood flow to their legs, squats can serve a double purpose. No weights, open areas, or equipment are needed for these. It is advisable to use a chair or table for support if you need help with balance though. A bodyweight squat is where you start in a standing position, and while keeping your back as straight as possible, bend your knees until you are as close to a “sitting position” as possible. To be most effective the knees should not extend out past the tip of the toes.
Calf flexors are a simple but very effective exercise that helps to stimulate the legs and especially the calves. This, similar to the squats, can be done next to a wall or table for additional balance support. Start by standing flat on your feet, about shoulder-width apart. Then slowly raise your foot, while keeping your toes on the ground, so by the end you are standing on your toes. You will feel your entire calf muscle stretch increasing circulation. This can also be done sitting at a desk or chair with similar results.
Exercise Bike or Treadmill
If you have an exercise bike or treadmill in your home, there is no better time than now to start taking advantage of it. With mild use, at a steady pace jogging or bike riding is one of the best cardio exercises you can do for your heart and legs. By getting to a pace where you feel your heart beating quickly you can fight back against the spider veins in your legs.
Although not exactly an exercise, a healthy routine of stretching in the morning can increase blood flow throughout the whole body. It is important to never push your body into positions that are too difficult or feel unnatural but find a balance that suits your body type the best. There are virtually hundreds of good exercises to do with examples online, but toes touches, backstretch, leg extensions, and hip stretches are a few. Speaking with your local varicose vein specialist is also an excellent way to learn about stretches that work best for you.
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