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Good Indoor Exercises for Varicose Veins in the Winter Months

December 10, 2020 • • varicose veins

These Helpful Indoor Exercises for Varicose Veins Will Get You Through the Winter

There’s a reason why ‘long winter’s nap’ is such an oft-used phrase. During this cold season, too many of us put our exercise routines on hold. The good news is that if you plan ahead, you’re far more likely to greet the challenges of the chill with enthusiasm as opposed to dread. We’ll tell you why it’s worth the effort, and which exercises are work best for varicose veins.

Why Exercise is Good for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins tend to develop when you’re stationary for too long. This usually means sitting, but you can develop them just as easily by standing for prolonged periods too. If you’re active, you have fewer chances of developing more severe varicose veins by improving your circulation.

Exercises You Can Do Indoors During the Colder Months

Here are a few suggestions to help you plan your routine.


When you can’t imagine going outside in Boca Raton because of the temperatures, you can always put on your sneakers and head to the mall for a relaxing walk. (If you can’t make it to the mall, there’s no reason you can’t just walk around your home.) This exercise is extremely good for people with varicose veins. As you strengthen your calf muscles, you simultaneously improve your circulation. Schedule at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week. And if you start to get discouraged, remember that it’s low impact, high reward on every level.


Any kind of cycling motion is good for your legs because it stimulates blood flow. This could mean buying a stationary bike or an elliptical machine, or it could just mean lying on your back and kicking your feet out in a circular motion. These exercises don’t put any other stress on your body, and they focus on the most at-risk part of the body.

Leg Lifts

Lie on your side and lift each leg up and down for 15 reps on each side, or stand up and scrunch each elbow to the opposite knee. Simple moves like these continue to strengthen your legs, helping you keep varicose veins at bay.

Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

The most common treatment options for varicose veins include laser ablation, ambulatory microphlebectomy, ultrasound guided chemical ablation, and foam sclerotherapy. These procedures have been carefully developed to reduce discomfort and recovery time for the patient. Laser ablation can be done in less than an hour and is virtually pain-free. The aesthetic results are astounding, but the health benefits are even better.

Get Treated by Our Vein Doctors at The Kimmel Institute in Florida

If you want to learn more about which treatments are right for you, call us at The Kimmel Institute in Florida. From West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, we help people in South Florida look and feel their best. Our trusted experts have made us a national leader in vein care, and all our procedures are performed by certified medical specialists. You can also schedule an appointment with us to be evaluated.

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