Effective Exercise for Spider Veins

Spider veins are tiny red or blue colored veins close to the surface of the skin and are the unsightly result of weakened, leaky veins. Blood, filled with nutrients and oxygen, is pumped by the heart through the arteries, providing nourishment to every cell in the body. The depleted blood carries waste products from the cells back to the heart and lungs through the veins. Veins differ from arteries, as they have valves that prevent the blood from flowing back in the wrong direction. If the valves are weakened, blood can leak and pool causing large bulging varicose veins and the closely related spider veins.

Risk factors that lead to both varicose and spider veins include hormonal changes as the body ages, overweight conditions, a sedentary lifestyle, and sun exposure. Obesity and continual standing or sitting can put pressure on the veins, preventing the blood from flowing freely and leading to pooling and weakening of veins.

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic, the National Women’s Health Information Center, and the National Institutes of Health all agree that regular exercise can help prevent vein damage that leads to the formation of varicose and spider veins.

Great forms of exercise that help increase circulation and blood flow include walking and jogging. A simple walking program that includes at least three days of half hour walks is a good start in improving circulation. Simple exercises while sitting at work or home can also increase blood flow. Stretching legs every ten minutes and flexing leg muscles can keep the blood flowing.

If varicose and spider veins are already evident, having them removed may be the best choice. Several forms of effective treatment are available but should always be combined with exercise to prevent new spider veins from forming.

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