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Have you noticed varicose or spider veins in your legs? If you have, you most likely have questions about exercise and varicose veins.

Here’s a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts when exercising with vein disease:

DO: walk, bike, elliptical, swim, yoga

These exercises are low-impact activities that stretch and strengthen your calf muscles and improve calf pump blood flow without stressing your joints or bones.

DON’T: run, weightlift, jump rope, perform sit-ups, crunches or lunges

Any exercise that causes strain or repetitive pounding on the ground can cause damage to the valves in the vein without you knowing it. Additionally, activities with minimal aerobic strain, like sit-ups, crunches or lunges, can worsen venous reflux.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition is important for healthy veins. We’re here to help. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.