There are a lot of reasons to get exercise, and cardiovascular health is a big part of that. Of course, a lot of people don’t realize that also means their veins and the health of those veins. They think about their heart when the exercise, but they often don’t think about the arteries and veins that move all of that blood back and forth, to and from their organs and tissues. If they have varicose veins they may think that they can’t exercise and that it’s not safe for them to walk or bicycle or swim because it’s going to make their veins worse or it’s going to cause them additional pain in already uncomfortable legs. Fortunately, that’s not the case.
Walking is One of the Best Exercises
Even though some people don’t think walking is that much exercise, it burns calories and can help you be fitter and healthier. It’s also a good way to move around and stay active even if you have varicose veins. That’s because these veins generally don’t get put under too much stress from walking, the way they might in more strenuous activities. It’s generally best to stay away from things like running or heavy weightlifting because that can and does sometimes put too much stress on veins. Riding a bicycle or walking, though, are both good options that aren’t going to be as strenuous or difficult.
You can work with your doctor to discuss how much walking is safe for you, and whether there are other things you can also do to stay fit and active when you have varicose vein concerns. Of course, another option is to get them treated so they aren’t a problem anymore. A lot of people choose to do that, but you might not be ready for that just yet. In the meantime, there are still a lot of things you can do that won’t harm your veins or cause you any additional pain.
Talk to Your Vascular Surgeon About Treatment Options
Once you decide to get your vascular issues treated, keep in mind that you won’t want to walk as much for a few days after treatment. Your doctor will tell you what’s safe and what isn’t, so you can protect yourself and stay healthy. While you wait for treatment, though, walking is good for your varicose veins and the rest of your body and will give you plenty of benefits. Once you have vein treatment you’ll need to rest for a few days. Then you can go back to walking, which has the potential to help prevent further varicose veins. It will also make your muscles stronger and offer you a way to boost your mood and stay fitter and more toned. With so many benefits, there’s no reason to walk often and for as long as you’d like.