VARICOSE VEINS AND SPORT OR PHYSICAL EXERCISES
PLAYING SPORTS OR DOING PHYSICAL EXERCISE WITH VARICOSE VEINS
Is it good to play a sport with varicose veins?
Sporting activity, either professional or recreational, is not always recommended for varicose veins. There are certain sports or physical activities that can improve the conditions of varicose veins, while other sports can worse this condition.
Recommended sports for varicose veins
Sports recommended for varicose veins are those that facilitate the return of venous blood to the heart. Among them we can consider the following:
- Walking: It is the most recommended exercise for a person with varicose veins. Walking has a massaging action on the sole of the foot that promotes blood circulation. A daily walk, suitable to the conditions of each person, greatly improves the conditions of those suffering from varicose veins.
- Swimming: Swimming is one of the most desirable sports to improve the condition of varicose veins or prevent its onset. Swimming stimulates the development of the calf muscles that are necessary to get good circulation in the legs. Furthermore, the water exerts its hydro therapeutic stimulating function, so it also helps improve blood circulation.
- Cycling: Like swimming cycling contributes to the development of the muscles of the legs, especially those of the calves.
- Golf: Playing golf is very suitable for varicose veins.
Sports NOT recommended for varicose veins
The sports that are not recommended for varicose veins are those which require too heavy or too brusk efforts to leg muscles. These actions affects the health of the valves of the veins that are injured, hindering the return of venous blood to the heart.
Those activities requiring to much physical contact are neither recommended, because they can easily cause breakage of varicose veins. The same consideration has to be given to sports that require to be done in very forced positions where the legs remain too constricted for too long.
Among the non recommended sports or physical activities we point out the following:
- Weightlifting: Lifting heavy weights is absolutely not recommended for varicose veins. By doing this, the internal valves of the veins get injured what prevents or hinders the return of venous blood to the heart. Other sports that offer similar results are: tennis, basketball, squash or any sport that involves quick or sudden movements or punishes calves muscles with jumps.
- Skiing: It requires wearing shoes that force the foot to be too hard pressed, hindering blood flow, consequently is not recommended for varicose veins.
- Football: Playing football is a sport where physical contact is very frequent. People with varicose veins in the legs may suffer strong kicks that can break varicose veins.
- Handball: Like football, it is not recommended for the same reasons.
- Rugby: Not at all recommended for being the sport that requires most physical contact.
- Boxing, karate, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, and other martial arts also pose a danger of rupture of varicose veins. Most of them besides require practicing certain exercises, such as jumping rope or kicking objects, which are not adequate for the health of the calf veins.
- Horse racing or Equestrianism: Riding a horse implies having the legs muscles in a too rigid position, especially calf muscles. This eventually weakens the internal valves of the veins.
- Motorcycling: Riding a motorcycle is not suitable for the same reasons as riding a horse.
- Canoeing: Like its predecessors, the need to keep your legs quiet for too long and the lack of exercise of the lower extremities muscles is not beneficial for varicose veins.
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