Improving Leg Health Both Vascularly and Physically for Warm Weather
Posted in General on March 13, 2019
For most people, having healthy legs isn’t just something to wish for. It’s an attainable goal. Your legs can look and feel fantastic with a little daily effort. While leg health isn’t always the first thing on your mind when it comes to your body, it is important.
Moving for Just 30 Minutes
Though it doesn’t seem like a lot of time, finding 30 minutes to move your body is often hard to do. Our schedules are busier than ever, but you can find half an hour to improve your leg health! Not only does moving everyday help your heart, but it can also improve your leg functionality, as well. A study has shown that subjects who were not used to moving have managed to get in better shape and increase their lean muscle by simply moving for 30 minutes a day. After the month-long observation, the majority of the subjects lost body fat, had increased flexibility, and lowered their blood pressure – all by significant numbers.
Leg Health Could Mean Overall Health
Even if it’s just walking for half an hour, that alone will get fresh, oxygen-rich blood pumping to all of your organs and extremities. Once you have taken your first few walks it won’t be long before this becomes a healthy habit. Once you see results, you’ll want to do more. Of course, it takes dedication, time, and maybe even some inspiration.
Long-term health benefits of daily movement include reduced risk for heart disease and stroke, sturdier bones, better balance, and improved joint strength. Just 30 minutes a day, a few days a week, can lead to a healthier you and vastly improved vascular health. Meanwhile, all these steps can add up to stronger, healthier veins in your legs and body. That said, varicose and spider veins are oftentimes out of our control and might require professional treatment.
Walking for 30 minutes (or approximately 5,000 steps) can seem daunting at first. However, once you start achieving this goal, you’ll want to go farther and for more time. You may even change up your exercise routine to include lifting weights, CrossFit workouts, or interval training. Any way you spin it, it’s a win-win situation. That said, any time you will be performing any kind of exercise it’s imperative that you stretch beforehand, and it doesn’t hurt to stretch again later that day. The more you stretch and exercise, the happier your veins, organs, muscles, tendons, and bones will be.
A Little About Varicose Veins
One of the benefits of regular walking and exercise is by eliminating, or avoiding, excess body weight. It’s generally accepted the excess body weight places a strain on the cardiovascular system, and makes it more difficult for blood within the leg veins to return to the heart.
Many experts believe that progression of varicose and spider veins can minimized by maintaining an active lifestyle. Keep in mind that each person’s physiology is different and heredity factors can play a role.
Although unsightly varicose veins and spider veins are usually benign, there may be underlying issues causing the surface veins to appear. The best advice is to become and stay active. If you are concerned about your veins, getting a consult from a vascular surgeon that specializes in vein problems is likely your best bet.