Best Leg Exercises for Varicose Veins

We know the importance of exercise for living an overall healthy life and preventing disease, but it’s also key for improving cardiovascular health and helping to reduce pressure caused by varicose veins.

Unfortunately, those with varicose veins understand the aches, pains, and discomforts associated that can sometimes make working out unbearable. Luckily low-impact workouts like walking and cycling can help make exercising fun again! Be sure to try the below exercises at home or at your local gym:

1. Leg Lifts. Sit on a mat or lie on your back with your legs straight out. Slowly lift one leg at a time, hold it in the air, letting the blood circulate down and back up. Slowly lower your leg back down to the mat and repeat on the opposite leg.

2. Calf Raises. Stand with your legs straight beneath you. Rise on to your tiptoes and lower them back down. Do this technique slowly for comfort and best results.

3. Bicycle Legs. Lie on your back. Bring your legs in the air, bending them at the knee. Slowly pedal your legs the way you would ride a bicycle (hence the name of this workout). You can try this two ways: move one leg at a time or alternate your legs.

4. Side Lunges. Start by standing with your legs hip-width apart. Step right with your, bending your knee at a 90 degree angle (your left leg should be slightly angled). Resume to starting position by slowly straightening your right leg. Repeat on the left leg. Bonus tip: remember to keep your knee directly over your ankle during this side lunge).

In conjunction with these leg workouts, contact Island Vein Specialists to schedule your consultation today! Dr. John F. Gallagher offers vein treatment procedures to patients across Long Island and parts of Queens. Don’t get aches and pains stop you from leading the best healthy lifestyle for you!

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