Can a person with varicose veins workout?

Question: I have a query regarding varicose veins. Can a person with varicose veins workout? If yes, what kind of workout is preferable??


In a healthy vein the valves allow blood to flow toward the heart, while simultaneously keeping the blood from flowing back away from the heart. Valves in varicose veins No longer function properly thus allowing blood to flow back to the extremities causing the appearance of what we all know as varicose veins. While exercise cannot repair dysfunctioning valves you can take steps to help prevent varicose veins.


1. Take 30-minute or longer walks several times a week or participate in other exercises, such as bicycling or jogging, to strengthen leg muscles and improve blood circulation
2. Avoid standing for long periods. Sit down frequently and elevate your legs. While standing, shift your weight often from one leg to another. Bounce up and down on the tips of your toes several times an hour. Take a walk if you can. After a day that has required many hours of standing, elevate your legs for about an hour.
3. When your legs are off the ground, and raised to at least the level of your heart, the veins in your legs have an easier time moving blood to your heart. Put your feet up when sitting at home, and put a pillow under your feet when you are in bed.
4. Avoid sitting for long periods. If you must sit most of the day at work, take several breaks from sitting throughout the day and take short walks to improve circulation.
5. Avoid tight clothing. Clothing that restricts blood flow increases your risk of developing varicose veins.
6. Don't wear high heels. High-heeled shoes make you use the muscles in your buttocks, rather than calf muscles, to walk. Walking in high heels does not promote blood flow in legs
7. Keep your weight down. Too much body fat, particularly in midsection, can put pressure on your thighs and groin, weakening the walls and valves of the veins in your legs and groin.
8. Eat foods high in fiber. A high-fiber diet will help you avoid constipation, a condition that puts pressure on the veins in the anus and increases the risk of hemorrhoids.
9. Consider taking vitamin C supplements. There is evidence that vitamin C may help strengthen blood vessel walls.

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