Another Reason to Exercise: Varicose Veins

Have varicose veins and looking for a way to keep them under check? Or worried about getting varicose veins in the future?


Well exercise is an easy and effective way to relieve and prevent varicose veins -- gnarled, enlarged veins. Exercise helps push stagnant blood from the bottom of the legs back to the heart. Furthermore, Luis Navarro, M.D., founder and director of the Vein Treatment Center and senior clinical instructor of surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, suggests working your calf muscles more too. "When you exercise your calf muscles, they act as a pump, taking over for weak valves," Dr. Navarro explains. "So the stronger your calf muscles, and the more you move them, the better." Many women find that exercising on a regular basis helps to ease the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins and can help prevent the condition from worsening.

So start moving ladies and hop on the calf raise machine at the gym or simply do a few standing calf raises (raise yourself onto your toes and lower your heels back down to the floor) at home to work those calves. Your legs will thank you!

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