Summer Activities that are Good for Varicose Veins

Summer may be more than half over, but it’s not too late to take advantage of the warm temperatures and do something good for your legs. This is the perfect season to get out and work those lower leg muscles to limit the damage of varicose veins. Whether you are looking to prevent those bulging veins entirely or minimize uncomfortable symptoms that have already occurred, PCI Vein Center has the perfect summer activities to treat those varicose veins.

Get Moving

Summer is the time when most of us like to get outdoors and take full advantage of the sunshine with activities designed for the season. While your body is reaping the benefits of fresh air and exercise, you can rest assured your veins will benefit as well. If low-impact activity is the type of exercise you choose, the possibilities are nearly endless. Some of your best options include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Biking

In addition to working the lower leg muscles for better circulation, regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight. Preventing weight gain is another important way to prevent varicose veins or avoid exacerbating veins that have already developed.

Lay Back

After a day of activity, kick back on your chaise lounge or hammock to enjoy the coolness of a summer evening. Elevating the legs at the end of the day is a good way to give those hard working veins a break. When the legs are horizontal, the vessels don’t have to work as hard to push blood against gravity to the heart. Elevation is also an effective way to reduce painful symptoms of varicose veins that might flare up at the end of a busy day.

Enjoy Seasonal Fare

Plenty of seasonal produce is available during the summer months, which is as good for your veins as it is for your taste buds. Spend some of your warm mornings shopping the local farmer’s markets for blueberries, blackberries, grapes and other fresh fruit that will give your circulatory system a healthy boost of nutrition. Add some watercress to your summer salads or toss some fresh rosemary in your favorite marinades. All of these foods provide potent vitamins to strengthen your vascular system and lower your risk of varicose veins.

If you are hiding away this summer due to embarrassment about varicose veins that have already appeared, help is available. At PCI Vein Center, we offer a variety of minimally-invasive vein treatments to eliminate those unsightly veins with minimal discomfort and downtime involved. To learn more about your choices in vein treatments, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.


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