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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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Spectra Spectra 10 years
Woohoo! Good news for me I guess...I work out a lot. I used to worry a lot about getting varicose veins because my grandma has them. Then again, she never worked out or exercised. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed...I so hope I don't get nasty lumpy veins on my legs when I'm in my 70s.
marley11 marley11 10 years
yea! so ugly. im glad too!
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
varicose veins are very hereditary for me. my mom just had hers removed very recently. :( good to know there's ways to battle them!
lms lms 10 years
I thought varicose veins were hereditary. My mother and aunts have them and I have had a very slight trace since I have been a teen on one of my thighs. It has not gotten any worse though.
FB1977 FB1977 10 years
I guess I better start exercising then (ha) since varicose runs in my family and I think I can see faint traces of 'em coming in!! :-(
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