How Does Exercise Affect Venous Health?
Exercise can help to reduce the symptoms of venous insufficiency, allowing patients to feel more comfortable and to achieve better overall health as well. There are certain types of exercise that are more beneficial to improving venous health than others—generally, any type of aerobic exercise that promotes circulation and works the calf muscles can be helpful.
Walking is an excellent exercise for venous health, and it’s easy for most people to do because it’s free, doesn’t require any special equipment, and can be done indoors or out, no matter the weather. If you are in sufficiently good health to jog, you may find that running is more enjoyable and equally beneficial to vein and heart health.
Some patients prefer the reduced impact on the joints provided by an elliptical machine. While using the elliptical, the feet don’t strike the pavement or a hard surface so stress on the joints is eliminated. Patients can still get a heart-pumping workout on an elliptical without the impact of walking or running.
Please speak to your physician before starting an exercise regimen. Some types of exercise, while beneficial in other ways, are not appropriate for patients with venous disease. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best activity suited for your condition.
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