8 Best Exercise to Reduce Varicose Veins

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Is exercise for varicose veins a good idea? This is an interesting question as some think that exercise can cause varicose veins and some think it can prevent them. Both answers are correct. There are many different factors that can cause varicose veins such as heredity, pregnancy, gender, age, prolonged standing, and injury or trauma to the veins.

While it can be difficult or even impossible to control these factors, exercise is one of the factors we do have control over.

1. Seated Calf Raises:

The calf muscles in your legs play a large role in moving blood upward. Therefore, it’s important to work those throughout the day.

How to Do:

  • Seated calf raises will also improve the flexibility and strength of these important muscles.
  • Simply sit with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90-degree angle.
  • Then lift up your heels while pressing your toes into the floor.
  • Hold that position for several seconds and then lower your heels back down slowly.
  • You can alternate feet or do one at a time.
  • You can also alternate that movement by pushing your heels into the floor and pointing your toes up.
  • If you want to add some resistance, place something heavy like a book or backpack, on your lap.

Do each variation of these exercises at least 10 times a day.

2. Knee and Ankle Flexing:

How to Do:

  • Lie back down on the floor and slowly lift your knee to your chest, calf bent down.
  • While holding that position, roll your ankle around several times.
  • Do it slowly and forcefully, do not let your foot hang freely.
  • Repeat several times, alternating legs.
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