Exercises for Varicose Veins

Walking

This is the easiest and least-demanding exercise for most people to do. A sedentary lifestyle creates a perfect condition for varicose veins to develop. Walking [2] exercises the legs and promotes blood flow. This can prevent varicose veins from developing or relieve the pressure on them.

Walk more often than you already do. Take the longer route to office, walk around your car for a bit. When traveling by plane or train, do not sit for long hours. Get up walk and up and down the aisle for a bit. Move your legs.

Calf Flexors

Calf flexors [3] are an easy exercise to do if you spend a lot of time sitting. This is great for people who work long office shifts and can’t find the time to do a lot of exercise. Calf flexors work on the muscles of the calf (the back part of the leg between the knee and ankle) and boost circulation.

Follow these steps to perform the calf flexor:

  • Sit on a chair and press the sole of your feet flat on the floor.
  • Slowly raise your toes so your calf muscles can stretch.
  • Lower your toes after a while and gently raise your heels.
  • Continue to alternate between your toes and heels for a few minutes.

You can also perform a calf flexor by following these steps:

  • While sitting, stretch out both legs in front of you.
  • Point both toes forward so they align with the direction of your legs.
  • Point your toes towards the ceiling.
  • Alternate between the second and third steps for a couple of minutes.
  • Repeat this exercise as often as you can.