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The Best Exercises for Varicose Veins

Looking for an exercise regimen that works well with your varicose veins? Alas—even with blue, twisted or enlarged veins on the ankles, there are exercises to promote healthy veins without the cost of extra damage. While prolonged sitting, standing, pregnancy, and genetics play a vital role in association with varicose veins, exercise is the number one healthy vein principle to help combat or improve vein health. Explore which exercises are better for varicose veins and which ones are potentially injurious.

Best Exercises


The very best types of exercises for those dealing with varicose veins are low-impact workouts such as walking. Walking is an activity that will help strengthen your calf muscle without straining or making varicose veins worse. Try walking approximately 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Tip: Parking further away from your destination gives you a little more exercise and your veins will love it too!

Stationary Biking/Elliptical

Looking for low-impact machines to use at the gym? Stationary bikes and elliptical machines are the ones to use! These machines will not only exercise and strengthen your calf muscles, but the blood flow will also improve without additional stress on joints and bones. Another plus is your legs will become stronger and these exercises can help prevent varicose veins from getting worse.

Exercises You Can Do with Extra Caution


While running and/or jogging can be a great aerobic exercise to promote blood circulation, these exercises can be limiting because of the tension and strain on the legs, which may provoke vein swelling. If you are a runner, do not fret! In order to continue running for a beneficial cardio workout, make sure to run on tracks that are grassy or synthetic. This will help reduce high-impact opposed to running on pavement and concrete.


Weightlifting is considered a demanding and strenuous exercise, which can cause tension on the venous circulation. With heavy lifting and abdominal pressure, this will cause an interference with blood being transported back to the heart. This will then lead to blood accumulation in the leg veins. As a result, this will escalate the venous pressure and reversal of flow in the leg veins into the varicose veins in the legs. Overall, weightlifting is not the ideal exercise for healthy veins.

If weightlifting is a part of your exercise regimen, do not be discouraged! To keep your veins from being damaged, it is imperative to have the correct lifting technique. This includes using lower weights with higher repetition, exhaling when lifting and also integrating aerobic activities (such as above). Another tip is to wear compression socks during and after weightlifting—this will support blood to travel towards the heart.

Exercising is valuable for great health, but always keep in mind that specific exercises are preferred over others when dealing or taking preventative measures with varicose veins. For an extended list of exercises, visit A.Vogel for elongated instructions on how to properly do special exercises to improve vein health.

About Via Vascular

Do you have varicose veins or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive varicose vein treatment in Seattle, including EVLT and microphlebectomy. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.


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